2016/2017 Patrol Dates
We are pleased to advise that patrols for the upcoming season will commence on Saturday 12th November 2016 and conclude on Monday 17th April 2017.
Typically patrols start at 12:00pm and finish at 5:00pm, however these times may vary based on a range of factors.
More information will be posted closer to the commencement of the patrol season.
Members of the Altona Life Saving Club conduct patrols of a designated section of Altona Beach most weekends and public holidays during the period from late November through to around Easter each year.
In addition to this, ALSC may also conduct additional flash patrols on evenings when the weather is particularly hot, bringing with it a significant increase in the number of visitors to the Altona Beach area.
Our regularly patrolled swimming area sits immediately in front of the patrol observation tower 100 metres East of the pier and is designated by red and yellow flags during patrol times. The area to the East of the pier is off-limits to powered water-craft (PWC) and features a long, gradual entry to the deeper water with two prominent sand bars at most times of the year. The primary responsibility of the patrolling teams is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people swimming between these flags.
Lifesavers may engage in a range of activities during patrol times including:
- First aid
- Preventative actions
- Water safety education
- Assisting kite-surfers, wind-surfers and small, powered water-craft users in distress
Typical Rescue Equipment
Typically patient rescues are conducted via one of three primary methods. There are:
- Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) - IRBs are typically used to assist in the rescue of swimmers who are further away from shore as they cover distances rapidly.
- Rescue Boards - These boards are perfect for attending to swimmers who are too close to shore for the IRB but too far to swim to readily.
- Rescue Tube - Rescue tubes are designed to be towed by a life saver to a swimmer in need and are then clipped around the swimmer's chest to provide buoyancy whilst the life saver tows them to shore. This method is ideal for close-to-shore rescues.
All rescue situations are different and the patrol team, under the supervision of our experienced Patrol Captains, will choose the most appropriate rescue method or methods to ensure the safety of the individual/s in need and the welfare of our volunteers.
How You Can Get Involved
As with all volunteer organisations we are always on the lookout for passionate individuals who are prepared to offer a small amount of their time to a worthwhile cause.
If you would like to know how you can get involved, check out our Membership Information or the Awards Training Overview for more information, or speak to one of our existing members about their experiences.