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Lifesavers Code of Behaviour

Lifesavers Code of Behaviour covers the expected presentation and representation of all Lifesavers when they are engaged in providing lifesaving services to the community on behalf of the Club and SLSWA.


The following professional behaviour is expected of Lifesavers at all times.

  1. Be punctual at the commencement of patrol duties including arriving with sufficient time to assist in the set up of the beach patrol area.
  2. Advise Patrol Captain if unable to rostered patrol and organise a proxy so that the patrol is not left one person short.
  3. At all times when a person is representing SLSWA they will present themselves in an appropriately professional manner, i.e. be dressed appropriately for patrol activity and be neat and tidy with hair tied up.
  4. Lifesavers will not use language that may be offensive to other people based upon gender, race, sex, religion, ethnic group etc.
  5. Demonstrations and practice sessions should be in public view and where possible be between the same gender. Where this is not possible consent should be sought to partner with someone of the opposite sex.
  6. No lifesaver shall touch another person during an assessment without their permission. Ask people before you touch them.
  7. Lifesavers will use all resources at their disposal to ensure each coastal user is provided with material and assistance to ensure they are able to recreate safely in a coastal environment.
  8. Lifesavers will promptly notify Patrol Captains of any grievance received by a coastal user.
  9. Lifesavers will undertake all patrol/water safety activity within the scope of their competency and experience.
  10. As a professional courtesy, Lifesavers will, where possible, make eye contact with coastal users by removing their eye wear.
  11. As a professional courtesy, Lifesavers when speaking with coastal users should advise them they need to maintain surveillance over the water but can continue talking.
  12. Lifesavers will not undertake other activities that will diminish their ability to maintain the primary function of surveillance and rescue response ( i.e. Phones, iPods, Newspapers, sleeping, sunbathing)

Patrol Captains are responsible for upholding the Lifesavers Code of Behaviour and should report any severe breaches to the Lifesaving Team Leader.