An iconic sight on Australian beaches for more than a century, volunteer surf lifesavers are recognised worldwide and provide a unique community service. Surf lifesavers are easily recognised by the famous red and yellow cap, and their bright red and yellow uniforms.
Moruya Surf Life Saving Club has provided a safe swimming environment at Moruya beaches since 1932. While being active in all areas of competition, we are also strong supporters of our local community.
The club patrols Moruya Beach from October to April each year, and when resources are available, these services are extended to Shelly Beach and the beach in front of Dolphin Beach Caravan Park. The level of expertise required to provide these services ensures our members are regularly updated with current training.
During the season the surf club holds Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) and Bronze Medallion qualifying courses. You must hold an SRC or Bronze Medallion to be a patrolling surf lifesaver.
Our next new SRC and Bronze course will commence with registration and an induction session on Wednesday 31 October 2018 and will run on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout November. For more information contact our Chief Training Officer, Wayne Foster at .
Once you hold your SRC or Bronze Medallion you can sign up here https://signup.com/go/MhNZskS to patrol.
During the 2018-19 season, patrol dates and hours are:
- 3 November to 9 December – 9:00am - midday
- 15 December to 28 January – 9:00am – 1:00pm and 1:00pm to 5:00pm
- 2 February to 28 April – 9:00am to midday
To sign up, scroll through the calendar on the SignUp webpage, pick at least 6 patrols you can do (including at least one public holiday), complete the details and you will be rostered on those days.
You can roster yourself on the same days as friends or family as long as there is a spot available. Please make sure you do a mix of short (9:00am-midday) and peak season patrols. Every patrol must have a minimum of four lifesavers.
First in, first served. However, if you have not signed up yourself, the Club Captain will assign you to ensure we provide the minimum number of lifesavers for every patrol. Once the minimum four spaces are filled, additional spaces will be available on that patrol.
For further information about patrols, please contact our Club Captain, Jane Coppin at .
Finding a sub
Remember it is your responsibility to find a sub if you can’t attend a patrol. Start by asking people personally and then try using our Moruya SLSC Facebook page. If you still can’t find someone, contact your patrol captain for more help.
Mick Weyman, Gavin Hunt, Andrew Scully, Andy Baker, Jake Zutt, Wayne Foster, Brad Coppin, Luke Stafford, Nic Jones, Pat McMahon, Norm Lenehan and Greg Curry.
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. For example, a Bronze Medallion holder can only use a substitute who either has at least that award or higher (ie. you could not use a Surf Rescue Certificate holder as your substitute).
It is your responsibility to ensure you are proficient for patrol.
SRC and Bronze requalification / skills maintenance will be held at 8:30am on Sunday 18 November 2018 and Sunday 9 December 2018 at the surf club. You only need to attend one of the days.
This season you must also complete the skills maintenance online modules on the Surf lifesaving Members Portal before you do your requalification. Don’t forget to bring a print out of your certificate for all the awards to the skills maintenance day:
If you have not done your proficiency before 31 December 2018, you will need to do one before you can patrol in 2019. If you want to patrol or compete in 2019 you must have done your proficiency before 31st December 2018
- Arrive punctually and ensure you have your full patrol uniformincluding your cap.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sunscreenis available in the trailer or you can bring your own.
- Stay well hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
- Training for surf sports is not allowed when on patrol. Plan ahead and discuss your patrol commitments with your coach.
- Please look after our club equipment and don’t drag the boards.
- Remember the patrol captainis in charge, so make sure you introduce yourself if you are joining a different team for the day. Also let them know if you need to leave the patrol – they need to know where you are so they can call on you at any time.
If you are a competitor, it is important to be aware of all the competition requirements for patrols. Check out SLSC policy 5.4 for more info.