Surf Life Saving can be undertaken by anyone, regardless of age, gender, cultural background or even swimming ability. There's a role for everyone in Surf Life Saving. Two types of membership are available; Active or Social.  Membership categories include Juniors, Seniors and Family.

 

Copacabana Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) members are volunteers, and participate in a range of activities including: patrolling the beach, teaching surf safety, and skill development through training and competition. Members of Copacabana SLSC also participate in social activities within the Copacabana community. We thank you all for your commitment to both the club and the vital community service you provide.

 

Our Club is Your Club!

Copacabana SLSC is home to a very proud bunch! Our members do their very best to achieve   two really important beach activities.


Firstly, that we develop a sense of pride in our children. We continue to develop an excellent Nipper program that attracts many families, not just from Copacabana. The club's reputation as being truly family orientated is well known on the Central Coast, and provides Nippers with a good balance of fun and confidence-building opportunities both on the beach and in the surf.  


Secondly, we take great pride in the service we provide, as volunteers, patrolling our beach. We have a small number of patrolling members, who enjoy every minute keeping our beach safe for our community and visitors.


Copacabana SLSC conforms to the rules set by Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA). The policies and procedures of SLSA and SLSNSW are available at www.slsa.com.au and www.surflifesaving.com.au or in the club patrol room.


The Director of Lifesaving

The Director of Lifesaving coordinates and oversee's all lifesaving responsibilities of the club, including management of the patrol roster, proficiencies and record of attendance.


Patrolling the Beach

The primary role of any Surf Life Saving Club is the protection of the surfing public, and to save lives. The life saving duties of the club are undertaken by volunteer members. There are currently some 90 patrolling members.  The patrol season is from September to April.  Patrols are undertaken every Saturday and Sunday (and public holidays) throughout the season.

 

To become a life saver you can undertake a number of awards with the main award being the Bronze Medallion (PUA21004 Certificate II in Public Safety - Aquatic Rescue ). It doesn't matter if you are 15 or 60 you can become a Surf Lifesaver! There are numerous Surf Life Saving Qualifications you can obtain. (see TRAINING & EDUCATION)

 

Patrol Obligations

Active members must undertake their patrol requirements as per the patrol roster.  Active members are also required to perform an annual proficiency test, to refresh and refine the skills and knowledge learnt through their qualifications. The Bronze Medallion proficiency test includes a timed run-swim-run, resuscitation, signals & patrol scenarios (see TRAINING & EDUCATION).  Active members wishing to complete their proficiency test while patrolling, MUST have a substitute patrol member whilst completing the test.

 

Patrol Hours

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your patrol start time. The morning patrol must have all patrol equipment set up on the beach prior to 9:00am.  It takes approximately 15 minutes to set up and close the patrol.

 

Patrol Uniform

When on patrol, members are required wear the official patrol uniform.  Casual clothing is not permitted when on patrol.  The uniform is essential for public awareness and various health and safety reasons, and includes:

  • Patrol Cap (red and yellow quartered cap) you must bring your own every patrol & wear both in and out of the water.
  • DHL Patrol Shirt (yellow) and DHL Patrol Shorts (red) please ensure you pick up your own prior to the season beginning & wear at every patrol.
  • Swimmers (preferably club costume)
  • Hat (red, preferably broad brim)
  • Sunglasses (optional)

 

Responsibilities & Behaviour While on Patrol

Members must sign the patrol logbook (located in the patrol room) at the start and end of each patrol.  Duties while on patrol include: constant beach surveillance from north of Cockrone Lagoon, prevention of potential dangers to persons on the beach, treatment of injured persons, provide information regarding beach and surf conditions to general public, maintain equipment, improve personal surf life saving knowledge, skills and fitness, and any other duties deemed necessary by your patrol captain.

 

Be mindful at all times of your actions, language and appearance.

 

Patrol Absences

If you're unable to attend patrol, please ensure you arrange a substitute patrol member, and inform your patrol captain as soon as possible.  To obtain 100% patrol attendance you must substitute yourself for another patrol during the season.  It's essential that specialist qualifications (e.g. IRB driver/crew) are on each patrol.

 

100% Attendance

Patrolling Members who attend every rostered patrol (and/or have substituted correctly) may be recognised with a 100% Attendance award at the annual presentation night. To obtain the 100% Attendance award, the member  must also attend all their patrols in their entirety, (e.g. from 8:00am - 1:00pm).

 

Club Facilities

The club rewards active patrolling members with a number of exclusive benefits, including: hot showers, access to gymnasium, locker storage and board/ski storage.


Member Protection Officers (MPO)

The Member Protection Officers (see CONTACT US) are your contact for reporting matters relating to harassment and abuse of members. The MPO's can provide confidential information, support and arbitration.  As a member of Surf Life Saving Central Coast, who is in turn a member of Surf Life Saving NSW, who is a member of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), we are bound by SLSA policies, including their Member Protection Policy.