Volunteer for Surfcom SNB

Volunteer for Surfcom SNB

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches (SNB) branch operates Surfcom SNB, formerly known as Warringah Surf. Surfcom SNB is the main radio communications base for all 21 Surf Clubs on Sydney Northern Beaches, from North Palm Beach down to Manly.

Surfcom SNB is responsible for coordinating emergency incidents being handled by a weekend patrol; this may include liaising with emergency services; tasking SNB Support Operations (Rescue Water Craft, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Duty Officers, TIPS); and initiating search and rescue operations.

What’s involved?

Surfcom SNB is staffed on weekends by volunteer radio operators from among the Club member ranks. Surfcom volunteers receive free expert training to complete their Radio Operator’s Certificate. After a minimum of one year of service, operators may elect to complete the Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency and the Silver Medallion Radio Controller course.

What’s the commitment?

The usual Surfcom shifts amount to approximately the same number of hours per season as regular beach patrols—about nine to ten half-day shifts per season. There is also an annual pre-season update on radio communications for all operators, which lasts most of a day.
Surfcom SNB shifts are a great experience for existing surf lifesavers to learn more about other clubs, and about how the Branch operates as a whole. It is also an excellent chance for Club members who are not able to complete the physical requirements of the Bronze Medallion to get involved and contribute community service hours as part of our organisation.

Where do I sign up?

For more information about Surfcom SNB, contact the Club Captain