Lifeguarding Memo - Policy Updates

Posted by Administrator on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What are we doing?

Following “MEMO 3-4-18 Policy update”. SLSNZ is now providing an update on the review process and timings for a number of these policies. Refer to the SLSNZ website for all current policies.  https://www.surflifesaving.org.nz/clubhouse/tower/lifesaving-policies-under-review

Why are we doing it?

The National Lifesaving Committee (NLC) has recommended that over a period of time these policies go out to the membership for further consultation. The timetable aims to provide a transparent consultation process with reasonable timeframes and advance notice on the lifesaving policy reviews or decisions that materially affect club operations or finances.

The policies and timelines where we are seeking this consultation are shown below, together with some narrative around those changes.

2018

Policy No

Title

Change

Consultation starts

Consultation end

Policy Live Date

AMBER - SLS031

Helmet use in Lifeguard operations

Now compulsory in all situations

Sept 18

Oct 18

Oct 18

AMBER - SLS022

Tsunami Response

Updated to match the Civil Defence SOP’s

Oct 18

Nov 18

Nov 18

AMBER - SLS033

ATV LUV

Updated to match LTSA requirements

Nov18

Feb 19

March 19

AMBER - SLZ032

Lifesaving activities around rocks

New Policy

Oct 18

Nov 18

Dec 18

2019

Policy No

Title

Change

Consultation starts

Consultation end

Policy Live Date

AMBER - SLS038

Use and Crewing of Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB)

New Policy

Nov 18

Feb 19

Jul 19

RED - SLS028

Sun Smart

Addition of the use of shelters for guards on the beach

Nov 18

Apr 19

Jul 19

RED - SLS009

Lifeguard uniform

Swapping out of the Cap hats replaced with wide brim and bucket hats

Dec 18

Mar 19

Jul 19

RED - SLS030

Use of Rescue Water Craft (RWC)

Addition of requirements for the clubs to apply to operate the RWC

Feb 19

May 19

Jul 19

AMBER - SLS026

Min. equip for SAR

Addition to the use of PLB in offshore and night work

Feb 19

Jun 19

Jul 19

AMBER - SLS029

Breaching patrol standards

More descriptive explanations applied to cover all work modern lifeguarding involves.

Mar 19

Jun 19

Jul 19

To see the original memo, click here.

What happens next?

At the beginning of the consultation process for each policy, SLSNZ will via the web site below communicate to clubs, members and other stakeholders what the proposed changes to the policy will be, and the timeframe and process for feedback. Each policy will be managed separately.  https://www.surflifesaving.org.nz/clubhouse/tower/lifesaving-policies-under-review

All feedback on the policies please email to allan.mundy@surflifesaving.org.nz If there are any question on this please let me know.

 

Appendix: Explanation of Amber and Red Consultation Processes

The policies that the NLC wish to change are highlighted as ‘red’ or ‘amber’ according to the new Member Consultation Policy. These are explained in the table below;

 

Amber

●            Risk that some clubs or sections of the movement will view themselves as negatively impacted.

●            Will take some effort and resources for clubs to implement.

●            Potentially controversial/ polarising topic.

●            Will add more than minor additional costs to clubs/ members.

Single stage club consultation:

 

‘This is what we are thinking of doing – do you agree?’

SLSNZ to take into account club feedback when making the decision, and then advise clubs/ members

Red

●            Expectation that majority of clubs or large sections of the movement will have significant interest in topic and/or see themselves as negatively impacted.

●            If potential decision outcomes implemented (quickly) they could create problems for clubs.

●            Known to be a controversial/ polarising topic.

●            Will add significant financial cost to clubs/ members.

Two stage club consultation:

 

Stage 1: ‘This is what we are thinking about – what are your views?’

Stage 2: ‘This is the feedback we received from you. On this basis this is what are planning to do – do you agree?’

SLSNZ to take into account club feedback when making the decision, and then advise clubs/ members.

For more information, please contact:

Allan Mundy, National Lifesaving Manager
Mobile 027 245 2660 
Phone: 07 574 2061 ext 708
Email allan.mundy@surflifesaving.org.nz 

 

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