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.

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.

• 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.