Qualifications
If you are over 15 years and want to become an active patrol member you will be required to have a Surf Bronze Medallion. The 'Bronze' ensures that lifesavers are trained & proficient in surf rescue techniques, resuscitation and basic first aid. If you are under 15 you can still be a Rookie patrol member and will be required to have a Surf Rescue Certificate (minimum age 13).

Training
Course overviews for many available awards (eg, Surf Bronze and Surf Rescue Certificate) can be found on the Surf Life Saving Australia website in the “pre-season information pack”: http://www.surflifesaving.com.au/members/resources. The club’s Chief Training Officer will provide advice regarding annual award proficiency dates and information. NB: Before undertaking any training you must be a financial member.

Patrol Duty
As an active member of Sandon Point Surf Life Saving Club you will be required to carry out patrols at regular intervals. There are usually about 8 or 9 three and a half hour patrols to complete during the surf season (October - April). Click HERE to download the current season's patrol roster.

What time do I start patrols?
All patrol members should attend the beach 15 minutes prior to your patrol start time to prepare for the patrol start or change over. The patrol times are from 10:00am to 1:30pm (morning) and 1:30pm to 5:00pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.

What happens if I cannot do my rostered patrol?
If you are unable to make your rostered patrol please arrange for a substitute and inform your Patrol captain prior to the patrol. If you do not have a substitute the club expects that you make up for the missed patrol. While it is not usually our practice the club does reserve the right to require an additional penalty patrol. You may also be ineligible for competition.

What do I bring to a beach patrol?
It is suggested that you bring the following items with you:

• Patrol uniform
• Swimming costumes
• Sun protection
• Towel
• Wetsuit (optional)
• Food & Drink

Equipment Usage
The equipment is there for the members' use and enjoyment. Some items are only for serious competitors and specialized purposes and will be marked accordingly. We are aware that accidents happen. If you are using any gear and it becomes damaged please inform the Gear Steward and write it in the patrol log so it can be repaired promptly.

Water Safety
There are also opportunities for proficient lifesavers to provide water safety services during junior activities and carnivals. All water safety volunteers must be current financial members, have a Surf Bronze Medallion or Surf Rescue Certificate, and must operate under the direction of the Club Water Safety Officer.