KNOW YOUR PATROL ROSTER
Calendar/Rosters are emailed to patrolling members in early November each year. There will be an update in January, incorporating new SRCs/Bronze Medallion holders.
If you are unable to fulfill a patrol, you can arrange a substitute. Please remember, it is your responsibility to do so if you cannot attend your rostered patrol. Penalties can apply for no shows which usually involve make up patrols but in some cases may involve refusing your entry into a carnival. Please do the right thing and act early and ask someone to directly sub.
WHAT TO DO TO FIND A SUBSTITUTE FOR YOUR PATROL
All patrolling members are obliged to attend their Rostered Patrols or arrange for a substitute patroller if they cannot attend. The Roster has been arranged so that both Aussie Title and State Titles are patrolled by members who don’t usually compete, but it is nearly impossible to arrange the roster not to clash with some carnivals and other events. If your work or study commitments make it impossible to be on the roster for the whole season, please contact the Club Captain firstname.lastname@example.org to explain your circumstances so that appropriate arrangements can be made for you to fulfil your patrol commitment and remain an active member of the club.
Below are some simple steps for finding and notifying of a sub.
GIVE PLENTY OF NOTICE
Check the roster and if you know you have a clash, start finding a substitute as soon as possible.
CHECK THE ROSTER FOR WHAT AWARDS & DUTIES YOU HAVE
Substitutes need to hold similar awards to you but may not necessarily have to have exactly the same ones: for example, if you are rostered as an IRB driver for a patrol and hold your ART and First Aid, your sub will need to hold an IRB drivers award but may not have to have an ART or First Aid Award in order to substitute for you as a duck driver.
GET IN TOUCH WITH SUBSTITUTES DIRECTLY
Contact numbers are on the Patrol Groups document (Members/. Don’t be shy, you will find that members are quite accommodating if they are asked directly to substitute. (A good trick is to look at the annual report and see who does lots of patrol hours; they may be happy to do a sub for you as they will often be patrolling anyway!) Remember though, you still have to complete a minimum of 16 hours per season. There is an Active Reserve list at the bottom of the Patrol Roster; they will often be willing to help out.
WHEN YOU FIND A SUB
Please contact your Patrol Captain to let them know the name of the sub.
IF AFTER TRYING ALL OF THE ABOVE YOU STILL CAN'T FIND A SUBSTITUTE
Contact your Patrol Captain and discuss the situation OR contact the Club Captain and explain your situation and outline what steps you have taken to find a sub.
MONDAY - FRIDAY
9AM - 5PM
Please note, outside of these hours the phone may be answered by volunteers, who may not be able to assist with all enquiries.
(03) 5255 1382
Street address: 26-30 Surf Beach Road, Ocean Grove VIC 3226
Postal address (for listing on Working with Children Card): PO Box 486 Ocean Grove VIC 3226