Patrol Requirements


1. Full Patrol requirements

All patrols shall consist of at least four (4) “Core” proficient members comprising:

  • Three (3) proficient Members holding the SLSA Bronze Medallion / Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue); and
  • One (1) other patrolling award holder (awards allowed are Radio Operator, Apply (Senior) First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Spinal Management, Surf Rescue Certificate or Basic Beach Management

Awards to be included in the minimum four (4):

  • IRB Driver
  • IRB crew separate from the holder of the IRB Driver Award
  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificate
  • Basic Beach Management
  • Spinal Management

Observation Patrol requirements

For 2016 / 2017 a club’s observation patrol shall consist of at least two (2) “Core” members comprising:

  • Two (2) proficient Members holding the SLSA Bronze Medallion / Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue); and
  • One (1) of these being a proficient Member holding the Advanced Resuscitation Technique Certificate

It is recommended that at least one member be over the age of 18.

2. Agreed Club Variations to Statewide Standard


1. To be provided as per LSV Standard Operating Procedures and agreed variations set out below.

For Observation Patrol, minimum is a First Aid Kit, Rescue Board, Tube and Fins, Shade, and Radio

2. Agreed Club Variations to Statewide Standard


  1. Traditional patrols designated by Red and Yellow feather flags.
  2. Roving patrols to adjacent areas at the discretion of the Patrol Captain.
  3. Inclement weather patrols can be activated in line with the Inclement Weather Procedures SOP at the discretion of the Patrol Captain, after considering weather conditions and beach patronage and advising LSVComms.
  4. LSVComms is to be informed of and updated as to any variations below the minimum agreed service levels as they occur (dates, times, personnel, qualifications or equipment).
  5. In conducting patrols, the Club is expected to:
  • Follow LSV Policies and Standard Operating Procedures and this Protocol;
  • Only allocate “proficient” lifesavers for patrol duty;
  • Position Patrol Feather Flags and Shelter in an optimum location to be determined with regard to beach conditions;
  • Provide all (minimum) and approved lifesaving equipment in a serviceable condition and ensure all lifesavers and equipment are “Rescue Ready” at the commencement and for the duration of patrol;
  • Ensure all lifesavers are dressed in accordance with the LSV Patrol Uniform Policy;
  • Encourage patrolling members to be proactive with the public to promote a safe aquatic environment;
  • Ensure all logs are correctly completed including commencement and completion time of all patrolling members;
  • Inform LSVComms of any rescue, major incident and/or resuscitation event or change in patrol status;
  • Log all details of all incidents in the LSV Patrol Log Book and/or First-aid Book;
  • After a major rescue and/or resuscitation, complete an Incident Report – Initial Report of Drowning form and forward to LSV by the next working day;
  • Ensure electronic lodgement of LSV Patrol Log Books, First Aid Logs and incident logs are received at LSV in-line with your LSV Club Administration Grant requirements document; and
  • Operate all powercraft in accordance with the Powercraft Code of Conduct.