Patrolling Protocols

Each season a patrol roster is distributed to members outlining patrol dates and times. A patrolling member must be financial before the commencement of the patrol season and HOLD A CURRENT PROFICIENCY IN ALL AWARDS HELD before the commencement of patrol.


Patrol times vary throughout the season. It is your responsibility to know these times. They are detailed on the Patrol Roster.

On your selected patrol day please arrive AT LEAST 30 minutes prior to the patrol scheduled start time for morning patrols and AT LEAST 15 minutes prior to patrol scheduled start time if taking over the afternoon shift from morning patrols. As soon as you arrive for your patrol you should be in full patrol uniform, correctly fill in the patrol log book, detailing name, signature, designated position in patrol and start time (all patrol hours must be recorded in the Patrol Log, located in the Patrol Room), put your patrol cap on your head, tied beneath your chin, and start assembling the gear to be taken onto the beach under the instruction of your Patrol Captain.

All Lifesavers are to be actively involved in either the set up or pack up of the patrol, although both are preferred.

A minimum of three (3) hours must be achieved at any one time whilst on patrol. Any less than three (3) hours will not be counted in the Lifesavers total patrol hours.



Members are issued with a free patrol shirt on completion of their Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion and a patrol cap and red shorts are included in the cost of these courses.

For identification purposes, all Lifesavers must wear their uniform while on duty.

  • Patrol members must ensure they wear the patrol shirt with the current sponsor on it.

  • Replacement of any damaged or lost items of issued uniform must be actioned at your own cost well before patrol commencement.

  • It is the sole responsibility of the Lifesaver to bring their uniform to each patrol.

  • Extra patrol uniforms can be purchased from the Club office during office hours.

  • Patrolling members must be properly attired at all times – proper attire includes the Patrol Cap (on head, not tied around neck); an SLSA approved Wide Brimmed hat or red peaked cap; a DHL/Westpac/Telstra Patrol Shirt and Patrol Shorts. In cold weather, a red or club windcheater, rain coat and/or track pants. The only exception is for patrollers who are conducting their patrolling duties in the water (for example on a board, swimming or in the IRB). These members must still wear a patrol cap at all times.

  • Remember to be sun smart – ‘slip’ on a shirt, ‘slop’ on sunscreen regularly, ‘slap’ on a hat, ‘seek’ shade in the hottest part of the day and ‘slide’ on wrap around sunglasses.

  • As part of your PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) it is advised that you purchase your own one way pocket mask, along with a whistle.

  • IRB Drivers, IRB crew and people acting as patients for pick up are advised to wear approved Personal Floatation Devices and approved Helmets, in any training situation, as per SLSA regulations.

  • Swimwear must be Club swimwear, plain green or plain red. Underwear is not appropriate.

The Patrol

At the start of a patrol the Patrol Captain will direct the movement of the equipment to the beach and choose (in consultation with the members of the patrol) the best position for the flags.  The Patrol Captain will also allocate a position (for example board paddler) to each member of the patrol.  Patrol members must not leave the patrolled area without first checking with the Patrol or Vice Captain so that he/she can ensure that minimum patrol strength is maintained. 

During the course of the patrol the Patrol or Vice Captain may request you to:

  • Staff the radio tower

  • Be vigilant to observing swimmers

  • Assist in a rescue

  • Practice lifesaving techniques

  • Study questions and signals



  • While on duty all Lifesavers are expected to devote their time and attention to the Lifesaving Service Operations and shall direct and co-ordinate their efforts in a manner which will establish and maintain the highest standards of efficiency.

  • All Lifesavers should carry out their duties within all OH&S guidelines to ensure their safety and that of other patrol members and the public.

  • All Lifesavers must wear the COMPLETE patrol uniform that has been supplied to them. If they are unable to do so, they cannot sign on to patrol.

  • All Lifesavers are to be actively involved in either the set up or pack up of the patrol (although both is preferred).

  • Lifesavers shall not behave in such a manner as to bring disrespect upon himself/herself, Anglesea SLSC or Surf Life Saving Australia.

  • At the end of the day the equipment is taken back to the club, washed down, put away and the clubhouse tidied – especially the change rooms, and the first aid room.



Members may be deemed incompetent and subject to disciplinary action if they:

  • Display reluctance to properly perform their assigned duties.

  • Act in a manner tending to bring disrespect to themselves or Anglesea SLSC.

  • Fail to assume responsibility or exercise vigilance and service, diligence, intelligence and interest in their duties.

  • Be insubordinate, neglect their duties, be inattentive or asleep on duty.

  • Be absent from, or late for a patrol without permission from the Patrol Captain.

  • Leave prescribed duties or the patrol area without authorisation from the Patrol Captain. (This may not apply in the case of an emergency).

  • Make false reports to Life Saving Victoria or the Patrol Captain.

  • Neglect to wear the supplied uniform while on duty.

  • Neglect to fulfil all operation and equipment checks prior to, and on completion of patrols.

  • Neglect to treat members of the public courteously and respectfully at all times.


  • Lifesavers shall not consume any kind of alcoholic substance while on duty.

  • Alcohol consumption off duty is not a disciplinary offence, however if a member reports for duty impaired and is disrupted from his/her duties and responsibilities, it may warrant disciplinary action.

  • The use of non-prescribed drugs will not be tolerated to any degree. A Lifesaver may only take medications when a doctor, for medical or recuperative purposes, properly prescribes such medications. Their use must in no way cause impairment or disruption of their duties and responsibilities.


Lifesavers shall not use coarse, profane or insulting language, nor use threatening or uncomplimentary terms of speech, which defame or demean any individual.


If any of the above rules or regulations are broken the member risks being brought before the Club disciplinary committee and hence faces the possible suspension and/or other penalties.

Requalification Each Year

All patrolling members must be proficient and have paid their membership fees BEFORE commencement of patrols. Each year every patrolling member must complete the requalification for each award to ensure you are still a competent lifesaver. Skills Maintenance dates are posted in the Green & White Rag.

Only suitably qualified members are to drive the IRB or ATV. All IRB drivers must carry with them their current boating license. ATV drivers must carry their current driver’s license. Details of these must be recorded in SurfGuard prior to the use of IRB or ATV.

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