Welcome to the Lifesaving section of the Surf Life Saving NSW website. Here you will find information relating to the various aspects of patrols. These are divided into three easy to navigate sections; On Patrol, Gear & Equipment and Emergency Response.

Information about Patrol Operations Manuals, Procedure Guides, Club Radio Procedures and overall lifesaving standards can be found in our ‘On Patrol’ section. All gear and equipment information, including the Coastal Radio Network and IRBs, can be found in our ‘Gear & Equipment’ section. Information relating to Emergency Callout Teams, Support Operations and Critical Incident Debriefs can be found in our Emergency Response’ section.

For any questions or support please contact the Lifesaving Team at SLSNSW on 02 9471 8000.

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) provide policy/guidelines and reference for lifesaving operations in New South Wales.

The SOPs cover a range of topics that senior patrolling members (Club Captains, Patrol Captains, Support Operations Members etc) should be familiar with such as patrolling obligations and standards, gear and equipment guidelines, patrolling operations and emergency response guidelines. The SOPs are reviewed and updated bi-annually with the most recent review being completed in 2016.


To assist SLSNSW in reviewing the SOPs content, an online feedback web form (below) has been developed to allow members to submit comments and suggestions which SLSNSW may utilise in future reviews.

Provide feedback about the SOPs here.

View the 2016-2017 SOPs

Download the 2016-2017 SOPs

Download a full copy of the 2016-2017 SOPs
(pdf, 5.54MB).