Surf Life Saving - Sydney Northern Beaches

Patrol Requirements for Individual Clubs

Patrol Members

As part of their Lifesaving Service Agreements, all Clubs are expected to provide a minimum number of proficient Bronze Medallion qualified patrol members. Actual minimum numbers are shown in each Club's Lifesaving Service Agreement. In addition to this qualification, there must be at least one member on each patrol with the following award/s:

• Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
• Spinal Management Certificate
• Silver Medallion IRB Driver
• IRB Crew
• Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management
• Apply (Senior) First Aid or First Aid [AID] certificate (not mandatory, but preferred)

The designated IRB Crewperson should not be the same patrol member that holds the Silver Medallion IRB Driver award.

On Warringah Council beaches, the Patrol Captain must have completed the Honorary Beach Inspector training run by the Council, and must also hold the Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management award.

Patrol Equipment

Following is the minimum list of equipment required for patrol purposes. Clubs are welcome to provide the patrols with extra equipment (ie a larger number of tubes, rescue boards or radios) if they choose. All equipment must be pass annual gear inspections before being used on patrol.

• IRB (trailer optional)
• ATV (optional)
• Red and yellow feathered patrol flags
• Black and white quartered surf craft boundary flags
• Signs required for the shift
- Swimming Not Advised
- Surf Craft Prohibited
- Surf Rescue Craft Training
- Caution Bluebottles/Marine Stingers
- Beach closed
- IRB safety signs
• Streets tent, poles and tent pegs
• Signal flags x 2 (orange with blue diagonal stripe)
• Emergency evacuation flag x 1 (red and white quartered)
• 3 x Radios (preferably in waterproof bags)
• Spinal board and straps
• Oxygen resuscitation equipment
• Defibrillator
• First Aid kit – stocked as per SOPs
• 2 x Rescue boards
• 3 x Rescue tubes
• Swim fins
• Whistles
• Binoculars
• Patrol log book
• Incident report log
• Patrol Operations Manual

All equipment needs to be checked to ensure it is in good order prior to patrol, particularly rescue tubes and boards that can be easily damaged.

Rescue tubes – check for splitting particularly at the ends, and check the line for fraying, especially where the knot is tied to the ring.

Rescue Boards – check for any damage, sharp edges, ensure the hand-grips are securely attached and make sure the deck is waxed.  Surf Rescue signage should be clear, not heavily scratched or faded.

Oxy-vivas - check at the beginning of each patrol to ensure there is at least a half tank of oxygen and everything is in working order. The oxygen bottle should be marked with current volume and dated.

Any equipment found to be faulty needs to be removed from service and repaired/replaced