Surf patrols on Sydney beaches resume this weekend. Patrols operate from the start of the September school holidays until the conclusion of the April school holidays. All Bate Bay patrol members are volunteers who give up their time to keep our beaches safe. In the 2015-2016 season the four Bate Bay surf clubs each performed more than 12,000 volunteer patrol hours with members carrying out a minimum 30 patrol hours each.
Patrolling members require as a minimum a Bronze Medallion Award which all clubs provide training in once you join the club. In addition Patrol Captains often possess additional awards that assist them in undertaking their role including IRB Crew, IRB Drivers, Silver Medallions, Advanced Resuscitation and Spinal Awards.
Surf Clubs rely on donations and sponsorship to keep their expensive patrol equipment maintained and up to date. Rescue boards, rescue tubes, IRB's and motors, all terrain vehicles and jet skis are just some of the items required by all clubs to assist them whilst on patrol.
Clubs are always looking for new members and sponsors. For more information on joining a surf club check the relevant club website for contact details.
PIctured are-Kari Larssen Cronulla SLSC - Kari, an experienced lifesaver, was Patrol Captain of the Cronulla's best patrol for the past season.
Jarrod Tranter North Cronulla SLSC - Jarrod is duel recipient of North Cronulla's Best Junior Patrol Person award and this season is stepping up into the role of Patrol Captain.
Jack Bryce Elouera SLSC - Jack is a long term member of Elouera and this season is being mentored by senior club members into the role of Patrol Captain.
Jake McDonald Wanda SLSC - Jake is a Patrol Captain and Deputy Director of Lifesaving.
Kane Hughes North Cronulla SLSC - Sydney Branch and NSW Lifesaver Of The Year and a finalist for Surf Lifesaving Australia Lifesaver Of The Year.