Patrol Guidelines



Before Patrol

Patrol members need to:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to their patrol commencement time
  • Be dressed appropriately wearing the current SLSA patrol uniform of cap, shorts and shirt
  • Sign on in the Patrol Requirements section of the Patrol Log in the Patrol Room
  • Report to the Patrol Captain.


Patrol Requirements

Each Patrol must have at least:

  • 1 Silver Medallion Beach Management holder

  • 1 IRB Driver and 1 IRB Crewman

  • 1 ARTC holder

  • 1 Spinal Management holder

  • 5 Bronze Medallion holders


Please ensure that the Patrol Log indicates who is the designated personnel for each award/duty.


On Patrol

  • Each patrol must have a spinal kit on the beach (spinal board, spinal collars and straps)

  • Patrol caps are to be worn on the head at all times

  • If you wish to train during a rostered patrol, this can only be sanctioned by your Patrol Captain, and this will only occur if there is adequate coverage of the beach by other patrol members

  • Do not hang towels to dry on the Patrol Shelter walls.


After Patrol

  • Start packing up patrol 15 min early unless it is a really busy day

  • If there are large numbers of people still on the beach and in the water, Surf Life Saving NSW has asked if patrols can spend extra time watching the beach after patrol hours have finished

  • Start pulling down the tent and put non-vital equipment away leaving a board, tube and first aid kit out until patrol finish

  • Wash the equipment before packing it away

  • Wash out the IRB engine and IRB hull and run the engine for 3-5 minutes in fresh water. (Don't worry about water restrictions as the club has an exemption through Sydney Water)

  • Turn off radios, check for any water damage and place all the radios on the correct charger

    Ensure all equipment is neatly stored in the equipment shed and Patrol Room

  • Check for damaged equipment and resources and notify the relevant club officer of any equipment and resources requiring repair or replacement

    • Complete the IRB log
    • Return empty oxygen bottles to the Training Room
    • Ensure that the Patrol Room, IRB shed and clubrooms are locked and secure to prevent break-ins.


Patrol Log

  • Sign in on the Patrol Log at the beginning of the patrol (to the nearest quarter of an hour)

  • At the end of the patrol sign off by writing the end time in the appropriate column and calculate your patrol hours.

  • The Captain should complete all relevant statistics. This is imperative and these figures should be provided to Surf Com via radio

    • Place the Patrol Log in the Mail Box on the first floor of the Club


If an incident occurs on patrol please record all details in the Incident Report Log Book

  • Time, date and place
  • Personal details, contact name and address and phone
  • Narrative
  • Include Incident Report with Patrol Log


Inability to attend Patrol
All patrolling members are expected to attend their rostered patrols.

If for any reason you are unable to attend a patrol, it is your responsibility to arrange a replacement with the same qualifications. Please advise your Patrol Captain of your absence and the name of the substitute. The replacement should sign on the Patrol Log in your name, with their name as the substitute and Patrol Type = Substitute.

If you are unable to arrange a replacement, then please ensure your Patrol Captain is advised, so that he/she can assist you in arranging a substitution.
Failure to find a substitute for your Patrol without communication to either the Patrol Captain or the Club Captain will result in two additional Patrols.  A “Make Up” Patrol for the Patrol you missed plus a “Penalty Patrol” for non-attendance of the Patrol.


You will need to do a Make up Patrol, in lieu of the Patrol you missed, as soon as possible after but before your next rostered patrol, preferably by returning the favour to the member who subbed for you. Please notify the PC of the patrol you will be attending of your planned attendance in advance.


Competitor Patrol Requirements
Competitors have a requirement to do a minimum of twenty-five hours for Active members, twelve hours for Active Reserve members, in the preceding calendar year in order to be able to compete in championship carnivals.


Competitors also must not be more than two rostered patrols in arrears at any time in order to compete at any event.


Visit the Surf Life Saving Australia website for competitor Patrol requirements.


Leave of Absence

If you are going to be away for an extended period, please notify the Club in writing by way of the Club Secretary at  This correspondence will be tabled at the next Committee meeting where grounds for “Patrol Exemption/s” or “Leave of Absence” may be granted.