Becoming a Patrol Captain at North Steyne is a major step in a Surf life Savers volunteering experience. Not only do our amazing Captains take on the responsibility of running an effective patrol on the weekend, but they are integral to bringing our membership together and helping them enjoy their Lifesaving experience whilst on the sand.
Our PC Mentorship Program prepares participants for the procedures and pressures of Captaining a Patrol at North Steyne. Participation in the program will aid North Steyne in identifying, assessing and developing suitable members for future Patrol Captaincy.
How to become part of our Mentorship Program
Patrol members may be initiated for Patrol Captain Mentorship by one of three main avenues:
- The patrol member gives notice to the Club Captain that they are interested in Patrol Captaincy
- The patrol member is nominated by their existing Patrol Captain
- Direct selection by the Club Captain and Club Vice-Captain
What do I need to do in the Mentorship Program?
- Obtain their Beach Management (BM) award at the earliest opportunity.
- BM's in training will be required to perform Patrol Captain duties on at least four (4) patrols during a single season, under the supervision of a current Patrol Captain, the Club Captain or Assistant Club Captain.
Note: In instances when BM's in training wish to be supervised on a different Patrol to their rostered team, the member must gain approval by the Club Captain and requested patrol’s Patrol Captain
- The supervisor will complete the Supervisor Review form and report to the Club Captain whether the member in training performs Captaincy duties to an acceptable level. The supervisor comments will cover, but are not limited to:
- The participants knowledge of Patrol Procedures
- The participants ability to delegate responsibility of patrol tasks in a timely manner
- The participants communication with Lifeguards and patrol members on evolving beach conditions
- The participants reaction to an emergency and subsequent actions
What happens after I complete the Mentorship Program?
In short- you are ready to take on a patrol team! You can either remain on your current patrol team and take over from the existing Patrol Captain, or you can get 6 of your friends together, make sure the required awards you need to patrol are covered, and form a new patrol team at North Steyne!