PATROLS, TRAINING AND PATIENT TREATMENT DURING COVID

Since 1924, Queenscliff SLSC has provided a safe and enjoyable beach experience.  As a world class beach, Queenscliff will be the place for outdoor fun, exercise and recreation in season, COVID restrictions permitting.    Queenscliff surf lifesavers will be patrolling, following government COVID protocols and regulations to provide a safe and enjoyable time for all.  The Queenscliff SLSC COVID Safety Plan is reviewed and updated regularly and available on our website.  We look forward to seeing you enjoying our beautiful beach this year.

Keeping our Lifesavers Safe

Our frontline lifesavers are top of mind.   We have put in place some protocols patrolling members must familiarise with when on patrol in order to protect our community and keep Covid safe. Please click through the information on the right of this page   Additional precautions this season include:

  • From October 9, patrols will be able to revert back to full patrolling numbers and this includes patrolling members under the age of 16 with our covid safe measures. filled.
  • We have scaled back skills maintenance (proficiency) requirements for the Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificate. This season DRY skills maintenance will be conducted online via the members’ portal with your login.  WET skills maintenance will consist of a run-swim-run and tube rescue of a conscious patient or solo paddle, conducted on your patrol by your Patrol Captain
  • We have changed the way we will be administering first aid and performing resuscitation – we are encouraging self-treatment where possible, advising against performing rescue breaths.
  • Lifesavers must wear PPE including gloves for situations where treatment is required and physical contact with patients is unavoidable.

We have clear guidelines around the expectations of lifesavers in their interactions with the public – specifically there is no expectation that members will be policing physical distancing on beaches.  You will find more in the “Covid Information Pack” on this page.

If you feel uncomfortable patrolling during the season, please do let your Patrol Captain know as soon as possible to assist with our planning.

We are committed to keeping all members of the club safe, and we thank you for your support and understanding.  As Government restrictions continue to change, we will endeavour to update you on information as it becomes available.

 

Member Policy Effective 23 February 2022

Please refer to the SLSNSW COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that takes effect 23rd February and applies to all members aged 13 and over and undertaking Frontline Patrolling and Support Services activities unless they have a medical exemption from SLSNSW.  Frontline and Support services means involvement in any of the following:

  1. Surf lifesaving patrolling (including SRC, Bronze, ART, IRBD, IRBC, RWC, radio operator, UAV operator, ORB, JRB) – anyone with an SLS award
  2. Support Operations personnel
  3. Facilitators, assessors and Trainers

NOTE: Nippers and nipper parents/guardians are not required to be vaccinated unless they have an SLS award as per above however they are strongly encouraged to do so.

 

 

  • Booster shots are not currently a requirement however this may change in the future depending on NSW Health advice.

 

  • All Competitors 13 and above with an award that are competing at State Titles need to be fully vaccinated except those with a medical or religious exemption* which needs to be shown to Team Leaders and/or Administration.

 

  • All Patrol Members including visitors attending Patrols please show your Vaccination Certificate to your Patrol Captain prior to Patrol commencing. Once the Certificate is seen the number will be recorded and the Certificate will not be kept.  We respect your privacy.

 

  • Queenscliff SLSC Gym, Training Rooms, Level 1 Bar and Function Areas and inside shower and toilets will remain open to all vaccinated members only until a further review on the 17th March 2022.  Please refer to Queenscliff Covid-19 Vaccination Policy for further information

 

  • All Volunteers at SLSNSW State Titles need to show their vaccination certificate when they sign on for their duty to either the Administration Team upstairs in the club or to their Parking Supervisor if they are unable to get to the club before commencing their shifts.

 

  • Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) can also be requested to be taken by members at specified events and programs and a negative result will be required in order for the member to undertake that activity on that day.  Where a member refuses to take a RAT, they will be considered to have returned a positive result and excluded from SLS activities.

 

*Exemptions

We understand that not all members will be able to receive an Approved Vaccine, due to medical conditions for which there is a Recognised Contraindication to receiving any of the Approved Vaccines.

Any members who have such a medical condition are required to provide a medical contraindication certificate. SLSNSW reserves the right to contact the issuing medical practitioner to verify the authenticity of any such medical contraindication certificate.

Any member who is unable to become fully vaccinated for any other reason, including by reason of a sincerely held religious belief, religious practice or religious observance, must email covid19@surflifesaving.com.au prior to 23 February 2022. Requests for an exemption will be considered by SLSNSW on a case-by-case basis.

In order to ensure the health and safety of members at SLSNSW’s activities and events, members granted an exemption may be subject to conditions or restrictions related to their role.

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