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 front line 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. Those members living outside of the Northern Beaches, particularly any who live in restricted LGAs, will need to follow additional protocols.
  • 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. Please click through the “Patrols, Treatment and Patient Treatment During Covidtab on this page
  • Per government protocols, patrolling members must wear masks while on patrol, except in active aquatic or surveillance. Lifesavers must wear PPE including gloves for situations where treatment is required and physical contact with patients is unavoidable.  Please watch the 2 minute video under the “Patrols, Treatment and Patient Treatment During Covid” tab on this page

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.

The following applies while we are in restrictions:

To participate in any SLS activity, members residing in Local Government Areas of Concern must:

  1. Apply for a Service NSW Travel Permit
  2. Complete the SLSNSW Travel Exemption Request Form
  3. Have had at least their first vaccination dose.

Members will not be permitted to travel to the Club if it is within an LGA without restrictions.

Please click here Apply for Permits and Travel Exemptions to take you to links to apply

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