Patrol Requirements - By-Law

3. Patrols

3.1 Expectations of Patrol

3.1.1 Active members of Terrigal SLSC are required to fulfil voluntary patrol duties as a requirement of their Active Membership, determined by their patrol accreditation.

3.1.2 Active members will be assigned to a rostered patrol each season and are expected to attedn ALL rostered patrols.

3.1.3 The role of patrolling members is to actively monitor the aquatic and beach environment. This includes being visible and accessible to the public, providing advice and assistance to members of the public and authorities and using and caring for all equipment.

 

3.2 Patrol Accreditation

In order to participate in patrol activities a member shall meet one of the following requirements:

3.1.1 SRC Member - If between the ages of thirteen (13) and fifteen (15) years, have gained the Surf Rescue Certificate accreditation in that season OR have passed the annual SLSA Profiency requirements for that award.

3.1.2 Bronze Medallion Member - If aged fifteen (15) years or older have gained the Bronze Medallion of Surf Life Saving Australia in that season, OR have passed the annual SLSA Proficiency requirement for that award.

3.1.3 Award Member - Holds a current, recognised Surf Life Saving Australia Award such as Senior First Aid, Radio Operators, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate etc that allow participation in patrol on restricted duties, OR have passed the SLSC Proficiency requirement for that award.

3.1.4 Active Reserve Member - Has completed a minimum of 8 years exemplary patrol service AND have passed the annual SLSA Proficiency requirement (in order to patrol or compete). A member must apply in writing to the Board to request Active Reserve Status

3.1.5 Long Service Member - Has completed a minimum of 10 years exemplary patrol service and have passed the annual SLSA Proficiency requirement (in order to patrol or complete). A member must apply in writing to the Board to request Long Service Status. There are no patrol requirements for Long Service members.

3.1.6 Rookie Member (Brance Program) - A Nipper Member in the Under 13 or Under 14 age group may be a Rookie member of a patrol - this program is designed to incorporate junior members into the patrol environment.


3.2 Patrol Hours

3.2.1 In order to recognised as completing patrol hours, all patrol members must complete an entry in the appropriate log book, report to the Patrol Captain and be in full Patrol Uniform for the duration of duties.

3.2.2 Patrol hours that are recognised as Terrigal SLSC hours include:- Rostered, voluntary and substitute patrol hours at Terrigal Beach
- Water safety for junior activities at Terrigal Beach and at recognised Junior Carnivals (defined by SLSA)

3.2.3 Patrol hours that are NOT recognised as Terrigal SLSC hours include:
- Surfcom duties
- Rescue Water Craft (RWC)
- Branch Duty Officer roles
- any other Branch or State roles such as Helicopter or Jet Boat

3.2.4 Any member who cannot commit to attendance at their regular rostered patrol (ie shift worker, casual worker) should apply in writing to the Board for permission to complete patrols outside their regular rostered duty. ONLY those members who have been approved by the Board will be permitted to regularly patrol on multiple patrols.

3.2.5 Any patrol member who wishes to transfer from their rostered patrol to another MUST apply in writing to the Director of Lifesaving.

3.2 Patrol Hours

3.2.1 In order to recognised as completing patrol hours, all patrol members must complete an entry in the appropriate log book, report to the Patrol Captain and be in full Patrol Uniform for the duration of duties.

3.2.2 Patrol hours that are recognised as Terrigal SLSC hours include:- Rostered, voluntary and substitute patrol hours at Terrigal Beach
- Water safety for junior activities at Terrigal Beach and at recognised Junior Carnivals (defined by SLSA)

3.2.3 Patrol hours that are NOT recognised as Terrigal SLSC hours include:
- Surfcom duties
- Branch Duty Officer roles
- any other Branch or State roles such as Helicopter or Jet Boat

3.2.4 Any member who cannot commit to attendance at their regular rostered patrol (ie shift worker, casual worker) should apply in writing to the Board for permission to complete patrols outside their regular rostered duty. ONLY those members who have been approved by the Board will be permitted to regularly patrol on multiple patrols.

3.2.5 Any patrol member who wishes to transfer from their rostered patrol to another MUST apply in writing to the Director of Lifesaving

 

3.3 Patrol Substitution / Missed Patrol

3.3.1 If a member cannot attend a rostered patrol for any reason, they should arrange for a  substitute patrol member with the same or higher qualifications to attend in their place.

3.3.2 100% patrol attendance shall be awarded to members who attend, or arrange for a subtitute, EVERY rostered patrol in a season. If substitutes are arranged, then the member must have made up their rostered hours in either a voluntary or substitute capacity.

3.3.3 Should a member fail to attend or arrange for a substitute for two(2) consecutive patrols they may be called before the Board of Directors in judiciary process.

 

3.4 Requalification/Annual Proficiencies

3.4.1 Each member MUST complete the proficiency requirements for the SLSA Awards they hold. These requirements are outlined in SLSA policies.

3.4.2 Failure to requalify in the minimum award (ie Award, SRC or Bronze Medallion) by 31 December makes a member ineligible to complete for the club or to receive the 100% patrol attendance recognition.

3.4.3 Profiencies will be carried out by appointed personal under the supervision of qualified SLSA Assessors.

3.4.4 A member may complete a proficiency at another beach and are responsible for making sure the results of the proficiency are recognised by Terrigal SLSC.

 

3.5 Patrol Protocol

3.5.1 Terrigal SLSC operates under a Lifesaving Service Agreement at SLSNSW

3.5.2 All Terrigal Patrol members should be aware of and abide by the Standard Operating Procedures of the Club in all aspects of patrol operations.

3.5.3 The Director of Lifesaving and/or the Patrol Captain/Vice Captain has the right to sign off a member not fulfilling patrol duties in the proper manner. If this is done, the offending member MUST be notified of this action.

3.5.4 Patrol members who breach patrol protocol may be subject to disciplinary action.

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