Life Saving

Patrol Managment Team

Chief Instructor - Kerry Bell
Training co-ordinator - kerry bell kerryannbell01@gmail.com 
Patrol manager - Kerry bell
IRB Captain - Darren Bell
Radio Captian - vacant
First Aid Officer - Luke Hickey
Equipment Officer - TBA

 

 


 

 

Why become a qualified lifesaver?

The lifesaver is an Australian icon. Each person who wears the red and yellow cap is a recipient and guardian of that heritage. A lifesaver is a person who demonstrates the character, skill and service that epitomises the best of the Australian culture. When you join our patrol team you join over 35000 lifesavers Australia-wide who volunteer to provide a safe and friendly environment for all beach visitors. ELSC lifesavers are well-trained, professional and dedicated to providing a vital community service to visitors to our ‘best secret beach” in the bay. You’ll learn skills that will extend beyond the beach including first aid, leadership, communications, OH&S, water safety and adventure all in a family-friendly, social environment.

 

 


 

What does it take to become an ELSC lifesaver?

All courses and training are offered through the club under the direction of the Chief Instructor. The minimum age to become an active lifesaver is 13 years of age. The two main lifesaving awards are:

 

Surf Rescue Certificate

The SRC qualification involves training in surf awareness, surf skills, surf rescue techniques, first aid and resuscitation. Following successful completion of the course, you will be qualified to participate in patrol duties under the supervision of a Bronze Medallion holder. You must be a minimum of 13 years of age on the date of the final assessment. Assessment includes:

  • Signals – 10 correct
  • 100m Run – 100m Swim – 100m Run (8 minutes or less)
  • Board or Tube rescue (flippers optional)
  • A patient assessment on a live patient and demonstration of lateral position
  • 1 & 2 Person CPR on a Manikin (adult of child or infant) including O2 supplemented CPR
  • Theory Assessment Paper

Lifesaving Bronze Medallion

The Bronze medallion involves training in surf awareness, surf skills, surf rescue techniques, first aid and resuscitation. Following successful completion of the course, you will be qualified to participate in patrol duties. You must be a minimum of 15 years of age on the date of the final assessment. Assessment includes:

  • Signals – 10 correct
  • 200m Run – 200m Swim – 200m Run (8 minutes or less)
  • Board or Tube rescue (flippers optional)
  • A patient assessment on a live patient and demonstration of lateral position
  • 1 & 2 Person CPR on a Manikin (adult of child or infant) including O2 supplemented CPR
  • Theory Assessment Paper

Once qualified you’ll join the patrol team which is made up of a great bunch of ELSC members each with qualifications ranging from IRB driver/crew, Bronze medallion, Surf Rescue Certificate, Radio operator, Senior First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation.

 

Once you have your Bronze you may want build on your skills in lifesaving, then there are further courses which can be completed including:

 

Radio Certificate (duration approx 3 hrs)
Pre requisite: Min 14 yrs old


Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
Pre requisite: Min 15 yrs old plus hold Senior First Aid Certificate


Spinal Award
Pre requisite: Min 16 yrs old


IRB Crew
Pre requisite: Bronze medallion


IRB Driver

 

Pre requisite: Min 17 yrs old, Bronze medallion, IRB Crew and State Boating License

 

Contact Kerry Bell at kerryannbell01@gmail.com for full details of what is required for each award

 

 


 

I'd love to patrol but not really that keen to get wet

No problem, while the Bronze medallion is the minimum requirement for performing water rescues, being a part of the patrol team doesn’t mean you have to get wet. We encourage members who have or would like to receive first aid, resuscitation or radio training to also join the team. This variety of qualifications only strengthens our team and encourages diversity in skills and experience across patrols. Courses you can do to get onto the Patrol team and stay dry include:

 

Senior First Aid Certificate
Pre requisite: Min 14 yrs old


Radio Certificate (duration approx 3 hrs)
Pre requisite: Min 14 yrs old

 

 


 

 

 

How often do I have to patrol?

 

 

Availability is completely up to you although we do ask that you provide the Patrol Captain with your availability prior to the monthly roster being developed. In order to remain familiar with Patrol and club procedures, we ask that you complete a minimum of one shift per month.

 

 


 

 

What do I need to do while on patrol?

Prior to your first patrol shift, you will be involved in an orientation program which will give you a chance to meet the team and become familiar with process and procedure at ELSC. A ELSC Patrol Contract has also been developed that outlines patrol expectations ensuring the highest possible standards of safety and efficiency are maintained.

 

 


 

 

I'm an Edi nipper, what now?

 

We started a junior lifeguard team to enable nippers to learn what patrols are all about and to teach them more skills. We will be running this again this season commencing in January. Patrols are done on a Saturday and Sunday 12pm –5 30pm. The junior lifeguards will be able to do two hour sessions. They must wear club uniform and hold a current S badge and be 9 years of age and up. Please register with Kerry, Patrol Manager kerryannbell01@gmail.com or if you are wanting more info please speak to Kerry or Dianne.

 

 

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