Lifesaving

WLSC conducts patrols on Cape Paterson Bay Beach with roving patrols to Undertow Bay. Patrols are manned by our qualified volunteers on weekends and public holidays between November and Easter each year. Our regular patrolled swimming area sits immediately in front of the patrol tower and is designated by the red and yellow flags during patrol time. We do not recommend swimming at Undertow Bay due to the strong currents and permanent rips present. Additionally, we also urge our beachgoers to be mindful when exploring the rocks that form the border of the bay during low tide as these can present a potential for injuries due to crashing waves knocking explorers off their feet. 

Our lifesavers may engage in a range of duties whilst on patrol and these may include:

  • First Aid
  • Rescues
  • Roving patrols to Undertow Bay
  • Preventative actions
  • Water Safety education
  • Upskilling and training

Come down and say hello to our wonderful members who volunteer their time over the summer to keep our Bay Beach users safe.

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There are a range of awards our patrolling members hold to don the red and yellow, the most common being the Bronze Medallion. However there are a number of other roles on patrol that don’t require you to swim. 

Patrolling awards include: 

  • Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)
  • Bronze Medallion (BM)
  • Radio Operator Certificate (ROC)
  • Silver Medallion Beach Management (SMBM)
  • Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue (SMAR)
  • Gold Medallion (GM)
  • First Aid (FA)
  • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques (ART)
  • Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew (IRBC)
  • Inflatable Rescue Boat Driver (IRBD)
  • Rescue Water Craft Operator Certificate (RWC)

If you would like to join us as a patrolling member, please send an email to [email protected]

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WLSC will be providing patrols between Saturday 27th November 2021 to Sunday 25th April 2022. Our patrol periods and times for the 2021/2022 season are listed below. 

Period A:  Saturday 27th November 2021 to Friday 24th December 2021

  • Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Sunday/ Public Holidays 10:30am - 4:30pm

Period B: Saturday 25th December 2021 to Wednesday 26th January 2022

  • Saturday 1:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Sunday/ Public Holidays 10:30am - 5:30pm

Period C: Thursday 27th January 2022 to Monday 25th April 2022

  • Saturday 1:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Sunday/ Public Holidays 10:30am - 4:30pm