Copacabana Surf Life Saving Club
Life Saving is open to everyone, no matter your age, your gender, your cultural background or even your swimming ability. There is a role for everyone in Life Saving. Memberships are available for Juniors, Seniors and Families, either Active or Social.
Copacabana SLSC members patrol the beach every weekend and public holiday from October to April. We teach children and adults vital surf safety and education, provide opportunities for skill development through training and competition, but most of all contribute to the safety, well being and social activities within the Copacabana community. We thank you all for your commitment to both the club and the vital community service which you fulfil.
Our Club – Your Club!
At Copacabana Surf Lifesaving Club, we are a very proud bunch! We believe that our club & it’s members do the very best they can to achieve three really important things on the beach. The first, that we embed a sense of pride in our youngsters. We have achieved a fabulous Nippers program that has families joining our membership from far & wide. They have heard that “Copa” is a true family orientated club, providing Nippers with the best fun & confidence building program on the coast! Our Nippers love their involvement & their ‘have a go’, ‘get involved’ attitude speaks in volumes.
Secondly, we take great pride in the service we provide, as volunteers, patrolling our beach. We have a small number of patrolling members, who are all at the beach doing their bit quite regularly, but they enjoy every minute of it and love keeping our beach safe for our community and visiting families.
Patrolling our Beach
The primary role of any Surf Life Saving Club is the protection of the surfing public, and to save lives. The lifesaving duties of a club are carried out by surf patrols, consisting of mostly Active Members. There are approximately 75patrolling members at present and more are always needed.
Patrol dates and hours are set down by Surf Life Saving Central Coast – the traditional patrolling season is from the September to April. Patrols are rostered every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday throughout this period.
To become a Lifesaver you can undertake a number of awards with the main award being the Bronze Medallion (ie. 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)
All active members – without exception- are required to meet their patrol requirements as rostered by the club. Every patrolling member is also required to perform an annual proficiency test, in order to refresh & refine the skills and knowledge learned through their qualifications. The Bronze Medallion proficiency test includes a timed run-swim-run, resuscitation, signals & patrol scenarios. (see Training & Education) Remember: If you are rostered on patrol, you MUST have a substitute in order to be eligible to do your proficiency on that day.
Please turn up at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled commencement time to your patrol. Remembering that the time listed on your patrol is the time that patrols must be on the beach. It takes 15-20minutes prior to start time to get the patrol set up and also to close down the patrol.
As a member of Copacabana SLSC, you should be proud to patrol your beach & to also wear the appropriate uniform. The official uniform is NOT optional, for OH&S, for visibility and profession standards reasons, this uniform will include;
Please do not wear casual clothes while on patrol. You need to be highly visible to the public.
Responsibilities & Behaviour While on Patrol
All patrolling members must sign on and off in the patrol log.
Duties while on patrol include constant surveillance of the beach from the rock pool to the north to the lagoon to the south, prevention of potential dangers to the beach going public, treatment of any injured person, provision of public information , maintenance of equipment, skills & fitness, and any other duties deemed necessary by your patrol captain.
You are constantly under the scrutiny of the public, and they expect an extremely high standard. Please be aware of your language, action, appearance and general behaviour at all times.
If you cannot make a rostered patrol, you are required to arrange a swap with a member of another patrol. This is called a patrol substitution and to obtain 100% patrol attendance you must do the makeup patrol for the other person.
If you cannot find another member to swap with, notify your patrol captain as soon as possible and at least 24hrs BEFORE the patrol that you will not be in attendance. This is vital for those who hold specialist qualifications such as IRB driver or crew, as we need a certain level of qualification on the beach for patrol.
Patrolling Members who attend every rostered patrol (or have an organized substitute and make up the hours) may be recognised with a 100% attendance award at the annual awards of excellence night. To gain 100% attendance, a Member must be on patrol from the start of rostered patrol to the finish (e.g. 8am to 1pm).
Club Facilities for ACTIVE PATROLLING MEMBERS.
The club rewards active patrolling members with a number of exclusive benefits. These include: Hot Showers, Gym access, A Locker for your family, Craft Storage. These benefits are only extended to those who fulfill their patrolling requirements (as listed above).
The Director of Lifesaving.
It’s the Director of Lifesaving’s role is to coordinate and oversee all lifesaving responsibilities of the club, including patrol rostering, proficiencies and record of attendance.
Member Protection Officer
The Member Protection Officer is the first point of call in the club for any enquiries, concerns or complaints about harassment and abuse. The officer provides confidential information and moral support to the person with the concern or complaint and activates a process by which matters can be investigated and/or resolved.