Requirements for Patrolling Members

Patrol Roster

Prior to the patrolling season commencing, the Club Captain issues all patrolling members their patrol roster. This roster explains which patrol each patrolling member has been assigned as well as the Patrol Captain and the dates for patrol duty. It is the patrolling member's responsibility to report for patrol duty in time to help your Patrol Captain set up the patrol area on the beach.

This seasons Patrol Roster is available on the FreshNET website at: FreshNET

FSLSC By-Laws for Patrolling Members

The By-Laws of the Club set down a number of basic rules for all patrolling members to follow:

  • Arrive punctually for all patrols;
  • When you arrive at the beach, report directly to your Patrol Captain and sign-in the patrol log book. If you are doing a "make up patrol" or substituting for another person, please note it accordingly in the log book;
  • At all times while on patrol wear the patrol uniform, especially your red and yellow quartered cap - which must be tied correctly under your chin and be visible on your head;
  • If you wish to go into the water, let your Patrol Captain know and do not enter the water without your patrol cap tied on;
  • Be vigilant at all times - people can get into difficulties very quickly in the water. We cannot afford to have patrol members not monitoring the surf and crowd conditions at all times;
  • Do not leave the beach without the permission of your Patrol Captain. If you leave the beach, do not wear your patrol uniform or cap;
  • The IRBs must not be used for any purpose other than surf life saving or instruction, and may only enter marked bathing areas for rescue purposes;
  • If you finish your patrol and the relieving patrol is not present, please consult with your Patrol Captain - you may have to remain on patrol until the relieving patrol is in place;
  • After you complete your patrol, ensure all equipment is stored appropriately, hose out the IRB, and place the radios back on charge after signing off with Warringah Surf Rescue;
  • If you are unable to attend your patrol, you must find a substitute with an award of the same, or higher, status than your own - eg a Bronze Medallion holder can only use a substitute who either has, at least, that award or higher. In this example, you could not use a Surf Rescue Certificate holder as your substitute.

Patrol Substitution Form

Patrol substitutions are administered through the FreshNET website at: FreshNET

Membership Fees

In order to carry out patrols, compete in carnivals or use the club facilities, all members must be financial. Non financial are not covered under member insurance policies.  Please view our Membership page for current membership types and associated fees.

Proficiency Test

At the commencement of a season all active patrol members and competitive members are required to undertake a proficiency test. This test refreshes members' skills in resuscitation, first aid, signal as well as run-swim-run to prove fitness. Dates and times of proficiency tests will be advised and it is the sole responsibility of the member to ensure this test is completed and proficiency ascertained. Proficiency test dates and times are available on FreshNET, the Freshwater SLSC secure members area. For further information on Proficiencies visit the Education section.

To attend a proficiency, please register via either FreshNET or email John Goldrick instructor with your name, the award and the day/time that you would like to attend.  Please do not show up on the day if you have not pre-registered as there is a chance there will not be a place available for you. Note that there are different times each day for different proficiencies.

Member Protection Policy

In order to safeguard our junior and young adult members from abuse the club in conjunction with the State Life Saving body have developed a members protection policy. Under this policy it is a members responsibility to report any inappropriate act against a junior or young adult member. Full details of the clubs member protection policy can be obtained from the Executive Officer. See also Club By-Law 13 which sets out the club's Code of Conduct for all members.

Parking Permit Application

Warringah Council has agreed to provide one sticker to those members identified as engaging in lifesaving activities with the club. Members falling into this category will be those who undertake -

  • Patrolling duties at Freshwater Beach
  • Training or assessment roles at the club in relation to SLSA approved awards
  • Training of members in club sanctioned surf sports related activities
  • Age manager duties associated with the club's junior activities program
  • Duties as part of the club's Executive Committee or the clubs' Junior Activities Committee

As well as needing to be in one of the above categories, applicants will also need to satisfy one of the following -

  • They must be a non-rate paying resident residing within the Warringah Council area OR;
  • They must reside outside of the Warringah Council area OR;
  • Have other factors which the applicant believes warrant a sticker being provided.


The Club make a bulk application to the Council for the provision of parking stickers for its members in the first week of September. After that time, any further applications will only be made once there are enough applicants to warrant an approach being made to the Council. Members who miss out on being included in the bulk application at the end of September are likely to experience considerable delays in having their applications dealt with.

MEMBERS WISHING TO APPLY must provide the following information:

  1. Full name and address
  2. The reason for your application –i.e. you will be undertaking duties in one of the following areas - patrols, training/assessment, surf sports training, age manager, Executive Committee or Junior Activities Committee.
  3. Confirmation that you are a non-rate paying resident of Warringah or that you live outside of the council area or that you are relying on other factors to make your application (details will need to be provided)

The information should be provided to the club by sending an email to freshwaterslsc with a subject heading of “Parking Sticker application”.

Alternatively, you can contact the office during office hours and provide the relevant details. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays between 10am and 4pm and Sunday mornings from 9 am to 11am.

The Club will advise members when the stickers are available so that arrangements can be made to collect them from the office.