Patrols

SEASON 2017/2018

Welcome to the 2017/2018 season at Fairhaven SLSC!

As always patrols are the reason our club exists and are at the core of everything we do from junior development to competition. I encourage everyone to get down to as many patrols as you possibly can and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Patrols are the part of our diverse club that ties everyone together and are a great way to meet other club members. I hope that most of you will go over and above the minimum hours and be a regular patrolling member of your rostered patrol.

Over the last few years the FALCon program has ensured we provide a safe aquatic environment for our community whilst increasing the flexibility our members have in making their contribution across the season. Members that opt in to FALCon commit to their patrol for every day of the season (swaps are allowed) and are rewarded with patrol clothing and gear.

I would ask all active members to consider whether they are able to commit to the full season of patrols as a FALCon member. This year in addition to the FALCon gear all FALCon members will receive their own patrol uniform (these will be given out at Fairhaven requal).

Finally I would like to remind all our members that patrol team changes will be accommodated providing our minimum requirements are still being met, send me an email if you’re interested in changing.

Season 2017/18 Patrol Expectations

Active Member FALCon Member
Mandatory Rostered
Patrol Attendance
>16 hours All Rostered
Total Hours >16 All Rostered
Can’t make it Notify patrol captain, find a replacement if requested by captain Must swap with another FALCon member with the same awards

Note that rostered patrol attendance is the requirement. A rostered patrol will be taken as met if you or a replacement completes your rostered patrol. Every member must still individually complete 16 hours.

PATROL TIMES 2017/2018

Our volunteer patrols begin on Saturday the 2nd of December and will continue on weekends and public holidays until after the Easter break on the 15th of April.

Dates Saturday Patrol Sunday/PH Patrol
Patrol Period A: 2nd of December – 24th of December 1:30 – 4:30 10:00 – 4:00
Patrol Period B: 26th of December – 28th of January 1:00 – 5:30 10:00 – 5:30
Patrol Period C: 3rd of February – 15th of April 1:30 – 4:30 10:00 – 4:00

PATROL REMINDERS

You should aim to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to patrol time to set up and remain afterwards to assist with cleaning and pack up – late arrival or leaving early should be with the permission of the Patrol Captain – this also is for club members wishing to do hours outside of their normal patrol.

You must wear either your club bathers or plain red bathers under your full patrol uniform. FALCon members will have their own uniform. Everyone else can pick up a clean uniform from the patrol room on their rostered days.

Sunday and Public Holiday Patrols will have a bbq lunch provided.

FALCON

Fairhaven SLSC has an opt-in core patrol program once again. The Fairhaven Advanced Lifesaving Contingent (FALCON) program is designed to ensure consistent full patrols on the beach throughout the entire season.

You can help achieve this by committing to a full season of rostered patrols. FALCon member’s commitment is recognised through the gear pack they receive for the season. This year it also includes your own patrol uniform.

For more information and to register visit the FALCON page.

AWARDS

Fairhaven is always in need of more patrolling members. If you are interested in gaining your Bronze Medallion or any Advanced Awards, please visit the Training & Assessment page for course dates and more information or contact our Chief Instructors with any enquiries.

See you on the beach!

Michael Henderson Maddy Green Alex Buckley
Club Captain Vice Club Captain Vice President Lifesaving Operations