Surf Life Saving - Sydney Northern Beaches

Club Captain and Patrol Captain Roles
Club Captain

The Club Captain is responsible to the Club President.

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Organising and circulating patrol rosters
• Ensuring an even spread of experience and qualifications throughout all patrols
• Managing adherence to requirements of the Lifesaving Service Agreement and SOPs
• Ongoing management of service delivery standards and resolving issues as necessary
• Coordinating the pre-season preparation of equipment, uniforms, rostering, and communication
• Ensuring the responsible conduct of members in the Club
• Overseeing the Gear Steward and Powercraft officer concerning lifesaving gear, ensuring it is well maintained.
• Providing regular communication/information to Patrol Captains and members
• Working with Chief Training Officer to address any training requirements
• Recommending actions to the Club committee
• Liaising with the Branch Director of Rescue Services
• Attending Branch Board of Rescue Services meetings as required
• Communicating with Patrol defaulters to maintain efficiency of patrols
• Keeping a record of member re-qualifications each season
• Keeping a record of member’s performances at patrol duties
• Submitting regular reports to the Club Executive Committee

Knowledge and skills required:
• SLSA Bronze Medallion
• A good understanding of Club culture and operations
• The ability to organise members and delegate tasks
• Computer skills
• Awareness of the Work Health and Safety Policy
• The ability to maintain confidentiality on relevant matters
• The ability to communicate effectively
• Good interpersonal skills
• Positive and enthusiastic manner
• Accreditation in training small groups (desirable)

The attached SNB Lifesaving Guide for Clubs can be used as a reference document for Club Captains.

Patrol Captain

The Patrol Captain is responsible to the Club Captain.

Responsibilities:
It is the responsibility of the Patrol Captain to ensure that identified high risk areas along their beach are appropriately covered with Surf Life Saving services in a proactive capacity. Dependant on conditions the patrol captain is responsible for the opening and closing of flagged areas and/or beaches.

The Patrol Captain should have a hand held radio scanning channels 2 and 3 with them at all times during the patrol so they are easily contactable by their fellow patrol members and SurfCom.

Duties:
• Liaising with the previous Patrol Captain/Lifeguard to identify any issues or hazards present
• Allocating responsibilities to team members in case of an emergency and/or rescue
• Ensuring all lifesaving equipment is checked before duty
• Selecting the safest area of the beach to erect the red and yellow flags
• Ensuring the safe positioning of lifesaving equipment
• Designating suitable areas for surfboard riders and/or body board riders
• Ensuring a proper buffer zone exists between the surf craft area and the swimming area
• Take immediate steps to report any serious breach of Surf Life Saving safety policies or any patrol deficiencies identified to the Club Captain
• Be aware of and abide by the Local Government Act
• Coordinating any search and rescue situation that may occur
• In the event of an incident assume command of the situation using the resources available to them and liaising with SurfCom, until the Duty Officer arrives
• Arranging with the Duty Officer for suitable debriefings and/or peer support for club members as required
• Ensuring the correct information is recorded in log books, report forms, etc
• Make themselves easily accessible to the general public to answer any questions

Knowledge and skills required:
• SLSA Bronze Medallion
• Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management
• Other higher SLSA awards (desirable)
• Leadership skills
• Decision making skills
• Sound communication skills
• Professionalism
• Ability to multitask
• Ability to work under pressure

The attached Education Scenarios can be used on patrol to help maintain the skills and knowledge of patrolling members throughout the season.