PATROLLING THE BEACH
Patrolling the beach is the main function of the surf club and we encourage our members to participate in patrolling duties. Avoca Beach SLSC prides itself on its strong patrol numbers, making the whole experience of patrolling the beach a very supportive and enjoyable one.
Bronze Medallion courses are run on a regular basis from September to April each year for those over the age of 15.
Patrol groups are rostered on a regular basis throughout the season, with most groups patrolling once a month for a four hour period. Each patrol group has a Patrol Captain, an IRB Driver and an ARC holder as well as regular bronze holding members. If you are unable to make your patrol, you will need to arrange for a substitute.
Avoca Beach SLSC patrols the area north of the rock pool to the lake, with a designated patrol area located between the pines and the rock pool depending on prevailing surf conditions.
Those members, who have fulfilled their rostered patrol duties, are recognised at the end of season presentation.
Patrolling members are provided a patrolling uniform from SLSA, consisting of a yellow shirt, red shorts and cap which is to be worn whilst on patrol. Please do not wear casual clothes whilst on patrol as you need to be quickly identifiable to members of the public. Patrol members are encouraged to wear sunscreen, keep up their fluid intake on a regular basis, and to make use of the shelters provided.
If a member wishes to patrol, but due to work, education or other commitments is unable to attend rostered patrols, they may apply in writing to the Board of Directors for static membership.
Patrol Hour Requirements for Competition
Avoca Beach SLSC competitors are required to complete 25 patrol hours to be eligible to compete. This is mandated by SLSA.
Each year, every patrolling and competitive member is required to complete an annual requalification in their life saving skills. This is a great opportunity to refresh and update your skills.
The ‘requal’ will include a run, swim, run, resuscitation skills, signals and rescue techniques. The date of this requalification then becomes your proficiency number.