Patrolling is the reason we exist and as such it is important that we work as a team to keep Coolum Beach safe. To achieve this we the following requirements from our members when on patrol.

Turn Up

  • Sign on to the patrol using the patrol iPad you start patrol and let your Patrol Captain know if you are incapacitated in any way
  • Wear the correct uniform at all times (patrol cap on and tied up) and remove your uniform when you finish patrol
  • Don’t leave the patrol area unless agreed with the Patrol Captain
  • Look after yourself - stay hydrated, wear sunglasses and reapply sunscreen regularly

Be vigilant

  • Always have at least two members on the water’s edge and always carry a rescue tube if you are swimming or at the water’s edge
  • Ensure that the patrol equipment (flags, boards etc) are as close to the water’s edge as possible – regularly move the equipment as the tide changes
  • Make sure you know your allocated task and that of your team members e.g. water’s edge, first aid, IRB crewie etc


  • Ensure swimmers remain between the red and yellow flags and warn swimmers outside the flags
  • Be polite and courteous to member of the public at all times
  • Don’t congregate in the central patrol arena and don’t allow non-patrol members in the patrol arena except in an emergency

Patrol Uniforms

On gaining any award that qualifies you to patrol, the club will supply you with a patrol uniform at no cost including shorts, long sleeved shirt, red and yellow quarter cap and hat.

If you wish to purchase club togs or other club merchandise you can do so at your own cost.

To arrange a replacement patrol uniform, please contact the club’s administration team during the week or email the Club Captain at to organise to collect one over the weekend.

As role models to the community generally and children specifically, it is important all patrol members adhere to SLSA’s Sun Awareness Policy, by wearing either a red broad-brimmed hat or peaked cap (with the SURF RESCUE clearly displayed) whilst on patrol.

Patrol uniforms are not to be worn by any member unless they are participating in official club duties such as patrolling, fundraising or at community awareness programs.

After Hours Emergency Call Outs

The club operates an Emergency Response Group made up of a group of volunteers who commit to be part of an after-hours callout service to complement and support emergency services.

Members interested in joining this service can contact the Club Captain for more information via email to



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