The role of the Duty Officer is to support Patrol Captains in ensuring the bathing public is exposed to minimal risk at our beaches. They liaise with SurfCom and other services to ensure lifesaving services are deployed in a proactive capacity to at-risk and high risk locations.
In the event of a major incident they will initiate a response from members if they are not already aware of the situation and coordinate Life Saving Services. These can be either within patrol operational hours or after hour’s events. As part of this coordination they liaise with external emergency services and other stakeholders to ensure the best outcome is achieved. As an integral part of our support services they are also able to organise post incident de-briefing and counselling for members as required.
All Branches are required to have a Duty Officer system in place, and a dedicated Duty Officer on active rostered duty during normal patrolling hours during the lifesaving season. These volunteers are appointed by SNB Branch annually.
Duty Officer Applications
Expressions of Interest are open for new Branch Duty Officers as needed. Interested members should read the attached information on the application process. Currently there is no planned intake of new Duty Officers for the 2017-18 season.