Patrol Update

Thursday, 26 March 2020

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 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+.

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