About Patrols

The primary role of any Surf Life Saving Club is the protection of the beachgoing public, and to save lives. The lifesaving duties of a club are carried out by surf patrols, consisting of mostly Active Members.


Patrol dates and hours are set down by agreement with Surf Life Saving NSW – the traditional patrolling season is from the start of the September school holidays through to the ANZAC Day holiday. Patrols are rostered every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday throughout this period. There are generally 2 patrols per day, expanding to 3 over the busy Christmas/January holiday period.


The Director of Lifesaving is the person whose role it is to coordinate and oversee all lifesaving responsibilities of the club, including patrol rostering, proficiencies and record of attendance. They are contactable by email lifesaving@terrigalsurfclub.com or through the office 4385 6933.

Patrol Captains and Vice Captains lead each patrol team, which is made up of between 10 and 20 members at Terrigal. The minimum requirement of personnel for each patrol is:

3 x Volunteer Bronze Medallion qualified Patrol Members, including:

o   1 x Current ARTC holder

o   1 x Current IRB Driver

o   1 x Current IRB Crew

o   1 x Basic Beach Management

o   One of these members will also act as the Radio Operator.


On a beach as busy as Terrigal, this minimum requirement is always exceeded, in order to meet our duty of care to the public.

Your patrol team relies on your attendance at your rostered patrol, teams are formed with a mix of skills, qualifications and experience to best manage any situation that could arise.

Patrol requirements are also detailed on this site - click here for more information