About Patrol Captain

The Patrol Captain is the principle leader of their patrol’s lifesaving functions on the beach. At the operational level, the major function of the Patrol Captain is to ensure effective beach management and rescue capabilities are established and maintained during their rostered watch.

What qualifications and/or prerequisites do I need?

To undertake this role you need to hold or obtain the following qualifications and prerequisites:

Qualifications

The Silver Medallion Beach Management provides participants with the skills, knowledge and experience required to manage a lifesaving or lifeguarding team in emergency and non-emergency situations.

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Prerequisites

The Bronze Medallion course provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations.

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Other Requirements

You need to hold and be proficient in at least one lifesaving award to be a Patrol Captain.

How do I make it happen?

To find out more about becoming a Patrol Captain, contact the Chief Training Officer at your local Club. https://sls.com.au/club_directory/

Other Opportunities Related to Patrol Captain

Where can I grow from here?

Where to next?

You could progress to these participation opportunities from here:

The Club Captain is the operational leader within the club.

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The role of the duty officer is to support patrol captains in ensuring the beach going public is exposed to minimal risk at our beaches. Duty officers may also be called on to assist in search and rescue incidents. 

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A Gold Medallion Lifesaver has the advanced skills needed to rescue and provide emergency care - alone if necessary.

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What other options might suit me?

If you can do this role but would like to use your skills in another area in our organisation here are some other options for you to consider:

Responsible for the planning, implementation and review of all member protection activities of a surf lifesaving club.

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Trainers provide members with the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to similar-minded and passionate members through a formal learning process. As a Trainer you will be able to conduct courses, both SLSA Awards and Nationally Recognised Units, if you currently hold the relevant award in which you wish to train.

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Age managers are responsible for running activities for their group of nippers on the day, and encouraging children to learn and progress in their surf lifesaving activities.

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