Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Surf Life Saving Queensland is taking the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously and is concerned for all members and the community.

This page is being reviewed daily and will include the latest information for beachgoers and SLSQ members on any impact on Surf Life Saving operations.

Click here to view SLSQ’s Guide for Clubs: Easing of Restrictions. SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES

Click here to view Return to Surf Sports: Stage 2 Information

Click here to view SLSQ’s Guide for Clubs: Easing of Restrictions. CLUBS AND MEMBERS

Click here to view the Queensland Government’s Statement of Compliance

Click here to view the Junior Activities Training Guide

Click here to view the SLSQ Daily Training Log


 

Below are copies of all COVID-19 communications from SLSQ


11 JUNE 2020

Flags Return to Queensland Beaches

After 76 days of absence, Surf Life Saving Queensland will raise the iconic red and yellow flags on their patrolled beach this Saturday June 13, as the state continues to lift COVID-19 restrictions.

Surf Life Saving Queensland services across the state have remained on surveillance patrol since Saturday March 28, when flags were taken down.

In light of the Stage 2 ease of restrictions in Queensland and in consultation with local councils and Queensland Government the decision was made to return the flags to Queensland beaches in order to provide a designated swimming area at patrolled beaches.

SLSQ will continue to follow Queensland Government advice and ask all swimmers to adhere to physical distancing of 1.5 metres, to stay at home if you are sick and not gather in groups of more than 20.

SLSQ Chief Lifeguard Greg Cahill advised beachgoers to take extra caution when visiting the beach.

“While the flags will be up guiding people to the safest place to swim, they should not forget about social distancing and we encourage everyone to continue to follow Queensland Government advice,” Cahill said.

“It is really important that beachgoers make the effort to find the nearest flagged area when they are wanting to go for a swim.

“This will ensure they are swimming in the safest spot at the beach and lifeguards will be there to assist them if need.

“We would like to thank members of the public who have followed directions over the past few weeks and thank our lifesavers and lifeguards for maintaining surveillance patrol across the state.”

SLSQ continues to liaise with the Queensland Government, local councils and health authorities during this time.

05 JUNE 2020

MEMBER UPDATE: STAGE 2 EASE OF RESTRICTIONS

We, like you, cannot wait to return to the beach and resume the activities that we love.

In order for surf lifesaving clubs across Queensland to start opening their doors for surf sport and club activities, all must have completed Surf Life Saving Queensland Sport: Return to Play COVIDSafe, which was sent to clubs on Friday 29 May, 2020. These must be returned and approved by SLSQ before any training or activities can recommence.

During Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the Queensland government’s Roadmap to easing restrictions, the following sports and activities will be allowed to recommence under specific guidelines set by SLSQ, which align with Federal and Queensland government advice. SLSQ has created guides to help with understanding what is required for you to stay COVIDSafe while participating at your club. These documents can be found on the COVID-19 hub.

Please note, that all SLSQ policies and procedures apply in addition to following risk management protocols in response to COVID-19 requirements.

When will flags return to Queensland beaches?

At the present moment, in order to adhere with State and Federal government advice regarding physical distancing, flags will remain down across Queensland. SLSQ will advise members if this will change in the near future.

Are there any changes to patrol requirements in North Queensland during Stage 2?

No, surveillance patrol will remain in place, in order to adhere with State and Federal government advice regarding physical distancing. SLSQ will advise members if this changes.

Once my club has been approved by SLSQ to start sport training, what training can I do, while adhering to government advice?

Training groups for all sports will be limited to 20 individuals per group, including coaching and support roles. SLSQ has provided a Sport Daily Training Log which coaches must complete each training session in order to be COVIDSafe. Relevant documents can be found above.

What access will I have to my club facilities during Stage 2?

At all times clubs most adhere to Queensland and Federal government advice. More information can be found in above documents.

Queensland Government's COVIDSafe Active Clubs Kickstart Grant and Fair Play Program

We would strongly recommend that all Clubs apply for the current Queensland Government COVIDSafe Active Clubs Kickstart Grant Program – Round 1. This funding program offers up to $2,000 (exc. GST) in funding support. For more information please visit: https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/active-clubs-kickstart 

Parents, guardians and members are also encouraged to revisit the Queensland Government’s Fair Play Voucher Program information to ascertain if they are eligible to apply for up to $150 in membership, registration or participation fees for registered providers. https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/fairplay/apply

SLSQ encourages all members to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres, maintain good hygiene and follow directions of your coach or trainer.

It is important for the safety and wellbeing of all that if you are feeling unwell, you do not visit your club or participate in training. Please remain at home.

We appreciate your patience and vigilance during this time. We look forward to seeing you again on our Queensland beaches soon.

Return to Surf Sports: Stage 2 Information

SLSQ’s Guide for Clubs: Easing of Restrictions. SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES

SLSQ’s Guide for Clubs: Easing of Restrictions. CLUBS AND MEMBERS


15 MAY 2020

MEMBER UPDATE: STAGE 1 EASE OF RESTRICTIONS

On behalf of Surf Life Saving Queensland, thank you to all of our members and clubs for your efforts and resilience throughout this period. It has been inspiring seeing your vigilance and service take on new forms of support in connecting with your communities.

In light of the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing Queensland’s Restrictions, SLSQ has commenced work on COVID-19 Safety Plans. This work will assist clubs as restrictions ease for various sections of our complex and diverse organisation.

Our priority is to ensure member safety and welfare as we enter Stage 1; commencing midnight tonight Friday May 15 and continuing for the next four weeks. During Stage 1, SLSQ’s current operations will remain in place.

Before a club and its members can recommence any form of activity, a club must have a COVID-19 safety plan for each activity. SLSQ has commenced building tools and resources to support clubs, which will be available on the COVID-19 Hub for download. These resources align with Queensland Health obligations.

Our club members continue to role model community standards by strictly adhering to Queensland Health’s guidelines, which includes maintaining social distancing of 1.5m and hygiene when attending the beach to participate in non-contact, personal recreation and personal social exercise in groups of no more than 10 participants. It is imperative that our members maintain this behaviour over the coming weeks in order to give community sport the best chance of returning in Stage 2 on June 12, 2020.

Our lifeguards and lifesavers on patrol continue to provide response and service through the surveillance method of patrolling until further notice, with the red and yellow flags to remain down across Queensland.

We appreciate these are confusing times for many with restrictions easing at different times for activities and businesses. With that in mind, we encourage members to support and look out for each other over the coming weeks.

In the meantime, please continue to visit lifesaving.com.au/covid19 for all updates and information.

If you require further information, please refer back to the following:

Roadmap to Easing Restrictions

Queensland Health

Australian Government, Department of Health

World Health Organisation

Centers for Disease Control and Infection

Queensland Government’s Restrictions for Sport, Recreation and Fitness Organisations


 

2 APRIL 2020

MEMBER UPDATE

On behalf of Surf Life Saving Queensland, thank you to all of our members for your remarkable efforts in recent weeks. It’s been inspiring to see your vigilance and service continuing to shine through during this unprecedented situation.

While the end of season is fast approaching for many, it’s only just beginning for our North Queensland members, who return to the beach on Saturday to commence their 2020 season.

We wish all of our NQ members the very best of luck – we know it will be challenging as they begin their season amidst a pandemic, but we are committed to working with all clubs, members, and the wider NQ Branch to provide whatever help and support we can.

From a state-wide perspective, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and have been liaising closely with authorities for the latest health advice.

We will continue to maintain surveillance patrols until further notice, with the red and yellow flags to remain down across Queensland.

Please refer to Section 8 of the Patrol Operations Manual, or speak with your Club Captain, in the event of any confusion around what a ‘surveillance patrol’ entails. Please click here to view Section 8 of the POM.

Given we operate in the public domain, it’s imperative that all members are adhering to restrictions around social distancing, and staying at least 1.5 metres away from each other at all times.

As always, your personal health and safety should come first – if any member does not wish to provide volunteer patrols, please advise your club so arrangements can be made to temporarily remove you from the roster.

We appreciate these are challenging and uncertain times for many and, with that in mind, we also encourage members to support and look out for each other over the coming weeks.

If you haven’t already done so, perhaps consider reaching out to clubmates to check on their welfare, ensure they are okay, and offer any assistance where possible. For further information and suggestions, please click here.

In the meantime, please continue to visit lifesaving.com.au/covid19 for all updates and information.

Thanks again for your support and efforts, and stay safe.


 

26 MARCH 2020

PATROL UPDATE

The Board of SLSQ and the State Lifesaving Committee have agreed that all beach patrols and lifeguard services across Queensland will revert to a surveillance service from Saturday, 28 March 2020.

There is no requirement for placement of red and yellow flags on the beach to mark the designated swimming area.

This decision has been made to protect the health and safety of our surf lifesavers and lifeguards, while also seeking to limit the number of people congregating within a confined space between the flags.

Beach surveillance will continue in line with Section 8 of SLSQ’s Patrol Operations Manual, and clubs are strongly encouraged to field no more than the minimum number of members required.

Surf lifesavers and lifeguards will have access to all relevant gear and equipment, ensuring they can respond to incidents which may arise.

If any member does not wish to provide volunteer patrols, please contact your club captain and/or patrol captain so arrangements can be made for you to be temporarily removed from the roster.

Should a club not have the minimum number of members or awards required as per their Patrol Services Contract, please advise SOCC as per normal procedure for support.

For more information, please see: Surveillance Patrols - Overview

SLSA FREE ONLINE COURSE - COVID-19

SLSA eLearning provider etrainu has created a COVID-19: What It Is, How to Prevent Spread online learning awareness course. It is now available for free on the SLSA learning management system for all members. To access the course through eLearning, please login to the SLSA Members Area or click here to access it online.

Please note, this is for awareness only. There is no award issued following completion of this course and no assessment involved. It will take about 5-7 minutes to complete, is interactive and suitable for ages 10+.


 

20 MARCH 2020

JUNIOR ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, all Junior Activities across Queensland will be suspended until further notice, effective from 20 March.

This includes regular weekend nipper programs along with other activities including, but not limited to, BBQs, junior presentations, and break-ups. SLSQ will continue to monitor the situation, and a further update will be provided to all clubs and branches by May 2020.

This decision was not made lightly, and comes after extensive consultation and discussion between SLSQ’s State Junior Activities Advisor, State Membership Services Officer, and Membership Services Manager.

While disappointing, the health and well-being of members remains our key priority at all times. Importantly, this decision will help mitigate risk amongst our junior members, while also helping safeguard the countless number of people they have direct interaction with off the beach.

SLSQ thanks all clubs, branches, and members for their support and understanding.


 

18 MARCH 2020

SURF LIFE SAVING QUEENSLAND - UPDATE

From Wednesday 18 March, all SLSQ support centres across the state will be moving to a work-from-home arrangement, where possible, until further notice from government and health authorities comes to light.

This decision has been made to help protect our staff and members alike, and to minimise the risk of gaining or spreading infection to the broader public.


 

16 MARCH 2020

2020 YOUTH EXCELLENCE PROGRAM - POSTPONED

On Sunday 15th March, the 2020 Youth Excellence Program (YEP) Coordination Team met to discuss the current global situation and leading agency advice in relation to COVID-19 and the impacts on YEP scheduled to be conducted on 4th-6th April, 2020.

Following due consideration of all the associated risks, State and Federal Government directives, and precedent actions taken by Surf Life Saving Australia, Surf Life Saving Queensland and other state bodies the meeting resolved unanimously to postpone the 2020 Youth Excellence Program to a later date, subject to further Government announcements.

Once a decision has been made, this information will be sent to you directly to confirm your attendance for the new scheduled dates.

Please note that this may take some time, but rest assured we will let you know as soon as we know.

Whilst a great disappointment to all concerned, this decision has been taken in the best interests of not only those people directly associated with the 2020 Youth Excellence Program, but with the broader interests of your family and friends, particularly the elderly.

In taking these strong actions SLSQ is demonstrating that it is committed to the welfare and safety of its members and their families as a priority.

During this time we are urging all members to exercise care and caution to minimise the risk of infection.


 

13 MARCH 2020

NIPPERS AND YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

Earlier today, the Australian Government and health authorities issued updated information regarding COVID-19, advising all non-essential public gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled in the interests of safety.

This recommendation will come into effect from Monday, 16 March.

In line with this directive, SLSQ has made the unfortunate, yet necessary, decision to cancel the 2020 Queensland Youth, Masters, and Open Surf Life Saving Championships (scheduled for March 20-22 and March 27-29).

While this weekend’s Nippers activities fall outside of this directive, we are urging all members to exercise care and caution to minimise the risk of infection.

Please note that all clubs must comply with any and all advice from government and health authorities, in the event official recommendations change over the next 24-48 hours.

 


13 MARCH 2020

UPDATES REGARDING QUEENSLAND SURF LIFE SAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

In line with government directives, SLSQ has made the unfortunate, yet necessary, decision to cancel the 2020 Queensland Youth, Masters, and Open Surf Life Saving Championships.

While we would love the competition to continue, it’s important to note the health and wellbeing of our members, volunteers, and officials remains our key priority at all times.

This is an extremely complex situation, and we thank all competitors and clubs for their understanding. SLSQ will continue to keep our members informed of the situation, and will provide further updates as required.

We encourage all members to exercise care and caution to protect themselves and minimise the risk of infection.


13 MARCH 2020

SLSA STATEMENT – AUSSIES 2020

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting today advised against holding non-essential, organised public gatherings of more than 500 people. In light of this advice, Surf Life Saving Australia is cancelling the 2020 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

The annual championships were due to be held on the Gold Coast in Queensland from April 18-26, with over 6,000 competitors and thousands more family, friends and spectators expected to attend the event.

“We have been monitoring the situation closely and adhering to the advice of the Federal Government and other relevant authorities since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus,” said SLSA President Graham Ford AM.

“Following the updated information and advice today from the Federal Government, and in consideration of our members and the wider Australian community, the SLSA Board have today made the decision to cancel the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships for this year.

“The health and wellbeing of our members, volunteers, officials and staff are paramount and SLSA also recognises that an event the size of the Aussies, has the potential to attract over 17,000 people to the event and we feel that it is important that we play our part in reducing the spread of the virus out of
respect for all Australians and the health care system.

“In uncertain times, we wanted to provide some clarity and certainty to our members who have been planning and preparing for this event,” said Mr Ford.

Mr Ford said that it was a decision that was not taken lightly given how celebrated the Aussies event is by the SLSA membership, but the Board acted quickly following today’s Government announcement so that Clubs and members could make appropriate plans.

The SLSA Medical Advisory Panel (Dr Natalie Hood, Dr Ned Douglas, Dr Lucinda Remilton, Dr Paul Hotton) supports the decision of the SLSA Board.

“Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has been in regular consultation with the Australian Government (Department of Health), other health agencies and medical representatives since the outbreak to monitor and review the evolving situation.

“The SLSA medical group supports these actions to slow the rate of transmission of the virus, which will reduce the risk of SLSA members and the general public being exposed to, and potentially contracting the COVID-19.” (Stated by the Medical Advisory Panel members).

Surf Life Saving Australia will arrange refunds for all entry fees already paid for the 2020 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.


 

12 MARCH 2020

UPDATES REGARDING QUEENSLAND SURF LIFE SAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

At this stage, the 2020 Queensland Youth, Masters, and Open Surf Life Saving Championships on the Sunshine Coast will be proceeding as planned.

Queensland Health is currently advising “there is no need to cancel any events or gatherings, or take additional precautions to normal practice. People who are unwell should not attend public events.”

However, it’s important to note the health and safety of members, competitors, officials, and volunteers will remain our key priority at all times.

As such, SLSQ will be closely monitoring the situation over the coming weeks, and will heed any and all advice from relevant authorities including Queensland Health, the World Health Organisation, and the Centre of Disease Control.

SLSQ will continue to keep our members informed of the situation, and will provide further updates as required.

Further information about symptoms, travel warnings, and other preventative measures can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/2IHJP7s

Click to view our up to date resources on Stage 3 easing of restrictions below:

Current advice from Queensland Health includes:

  • Clean hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rubs.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.
  • Try to stay at least 1.5 metres away from people coughing or sneezing.

Click here to read the Chief Health Officers directions regarding Home Confinement, Movement and Gatherings
Click here to read Surf Life Saving Queensland Sport Return to play COVIDSafe Guide.
Click here to read the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing Queensland’s Restrictions.
Click here to read the Queensland Government's Restrictions for Sport, Recreation and Fitness Organisations.

Key information about symptoms, travel warnings, and other preventative measures can be found at the following links:

Queensland Health
Aus Government, Department of Health
World Health Organisation
Centers for Disease Control and Infection

For further resources, please see links below:

SLSQ STATUS

State Support Centres – WORKING

Restrictions on visitors

Active Lifesaving Clubs – ALL OPEN

Licensed Supporters Clubs – OPEN WITH SOME CONDITIONS

Lifesaving Services – FULLY OPERATIONAL

Nippers (NQ) – FULLY OPERATIONAL

See updates for further details


EVENT STATUS

Surf Girl Awards Dinner – RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 7th, 2020 ON THE GOLD COAST

Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships – CANCELLED

Youth Excellence Program – POSTPONED

World Championships – POSTPONED

Following the decision on 19 March 2020 to postpone LWC2020 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the ILS has discussed alternative solutions with the Italian Lifesaving Federation (FIN) and with the host of the LWC 2022. Both agreed with the proposed plan, which is to move the LWC 2020 to 2022, to keep the LWC 2024 at the Gold Coast, Australia and to plan the LWC 2026 in Agadir, Morocco. Click here for further info.


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More Information

If you need urgent medical advice call 000.

Visit the Australian Government Department of Health website

Call the Australian Government Department of Health 1800 020 103

(8:30am to 5:30pm (AEST) Monday to Friday, except public holidays)

For health advice over the phone call 13HEALTH

(13 43 25 84 – Queensland only)