Clubbie Profile June: Steven Polley

Our Clubbie Profile of the Month for June 2014 is Steven Polley of Dee Why SLSC who has volunteered an incredible 374.5 hours just in the 2013-14 season as a SurfCom Operator.

SurfCom Operators are responsible for:

  • providing vital communications between surf lifesavers on the beach and emergency services
  • monitoring the health and wellbeing of SLS support operations crew
  • coordinating SLS response to incidents, including rescue and medical incidents
  • collating patrol and rescue statistics
  • liaising with council lifeguard services
  • monitoring the performance of the Coastal Radio Network

We chatted to Steven about his amazing passion for Surf Life Saving in the radio room.

Name: Steven Polley

Age: 18

Club: Dee Why SLSC

Occupation: Student

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?

I joined Surf Life Saving in 2007. I have always liked helping people and knowing you can make a difference in someone's life is amazing. I love volunteering in a team environment where you can bounce off others for support. Every day is different, from being on the beach to in the radio room. One day you could be pulling people out of a rip and the next on the phone to the ambulance service passing on information. In the end the result is helping everyone that visits the beach to be able to go home safely at the end of the day and know you've done a good job. I love just seeing everyone from the surfers and the swimmers to the people on the sand and being in the sunshine, it just creates this great vibe to me and that's what keeps me coming back.

Why do you volunteer for SurfCOM?

I like the fact that the patrol can ask for assistance and we can provide the information and resources to them whether it be emergency calls or just general enquiries. You know you've done something good and the atmosphere at SurfCom is like a family. It is nice to be part of a team where everyone takes an interest in one another and works together. It gives me a great feeling.

Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why?

There are a few people that I admire but one of them would be Andrew “Crowie” Crow (Surf Life Saving NSW, Duty Operations Coordinator). He is always helpful and easy to get along with and there is never a dull moment working with him at Surfcom. As I walk in for my shift, Crowie is sitting there, often already responding to the first distinctive siren indicating an emergency callout. You know you are going to have your work cut out for you when it's 8.20am and you see Crowie running four incidents at once. He is always cool, calm and collected and never lets emotions get the better of him. I always wonder how he does it.

What are your goals within Surf Life Saving?

I would like to become a State Duty Officer or Duty Operations Coordinator and be responsible for the delivery of the Surf Emergency Response System.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer SurfCom Operator visit our website or contact Shannon Cooper, SLSNSW Lifesaving Officer.

Mon 23 Jun 2014