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Patrol Briefings 


To outline the benefits of a “start of patrol briefing” and provide guidelines for topics to be covered.


Good beach and patrol management requires good communication. A start of patrol briefing provides an excellent tool for patrol planning and preparation and the identification of possible problems.


A start of patrol briefing should:

  • Include all patrolling members
  • Be delivered by the patrol captain
  • Invite input and questions at any stage (open forum)
  • Utilise visual aids – whiteboards/maps etc
  • Utilise/Reference the clubs Beach Management Plan and SOP’s
  • Identify any new members that may require a full induction
  • Pair up new/inexperienced members with experienced members

A start of patrol briefing should cover:

  • Uniform check (current/meets policy, clean, practicable, hair tied up)
  • Equipment check (as a team or task personnel)
  • Allocate equipment as necessary (radios, call signs, etc)
  • Current and expected beach/water/weather conditions
  • Expected patronage
  • Identified high risk areas (areas of lateral drift, rips, holes etc)
  • Identified high risk groups (rock fisherman, tourists etc)
  • Beach Management Plan (surveillance positions, flag duties etc)
  • Roles/Responsibilities (IRB crews, First Aid, Radio Communications and Callsigns) – please note members must have a current license to drive the Ute and A TV
  • Incident Contingency Plans (based on identified risks, who, what, where, when)
  • Patrolling roster (rotation of lifesavers from “active” to on-break)
  • Health and Safety Issues (Sun Safety, fluid intake, etc.)
  • Public image/professionalism expectations
  • Radio Communications (SurfCom/Channels)

Briefing should always end with a question and answer session.