Newsletter – April 23, 2018

Fairhaven SLSC Presentation Night

Unfortunately, we have been forced to postpone Fairhaven SLSC Presentation Night. The change of venue and a late season date obviously didn’t work for enough people so low ticket sales forced our hand in this instance.

We will review the timing and format of Presentation Night down the track so that the night is, once again, a success and that our Award Winners receive the recognition they deserve.

Thanks to those who did support the event and purchase tickets – apologies for any inconvenience that the cancellation may have caused. A full refund is on its way.

The Committee will examine alternative dates for appropriate presentation of Awards for the 2017-2018 season.

IRB Drivers Course

FSLSC: New IRB Drivers

Fairhaven’s IRB Drivers contingent got a big boost with the addition of five new IRB Drivers; Jacqui Dreher, Fergus Orr, Alex Wright, Sam Morrison and Tom Burt.

The five new drivers had a fantastic week facing up to the large Easter swell and put some solid hours in developing their driving skills, a challenging process to say the least in the Fairhaven surf.

A huge congrats to the candidates and trainers who ran the course in the week following Easter Monday.

IRB Drivers are a huge asset to the club as they contribute in key Water Safety roles across all aspects of the club at Nippers, Sports Carnivals, Training Courses as well as being a crucial aspect of our Beach Patrols. To train 5 up in one course is not an easy feat, with time in the boat being a huge component in getting candidates through the course so thank you to all involved in making this happen.

Laura, Alex, Emma & Liam
Fairhaven Training and Assessment Team

Patrol Jackets

The operations team has recently purchased 10 new SLSA spray jackets for use on Fairhaven’s volunteer patrols. The intention for this purchase is to keep active member warm when the weather drops while retaining a professional image.


  • The jackets are for patrol use only, as they are part of the SLSA uniform. They cannot be worn outside of patrol hours, including for training, recreation, or paid guarding purposes.
  • It is the responsibility of the patrol captain and vice-captain to ensure patrolling members return the jackets to their hangers at the end of patrol.


  • Jackets are to be kept on the new rack in the patrol room when not in use.


  • Please wash the jackets if they become excessively dirty – they can be washed and hung up with the regular uniform.

Please contact a member of the operations team with any queries.

Here’s the first Patrol to try them out!

New Patrol Jackets

Fairhaven SLSC Pink Patrol

We had an excellent turnout for our 2nd ever Pink Patrol which coincided with the last Patrol of the 2017-2018 season.

We are looking for the Pink Patrol to become a permanent event on the Fairhaven calendar and also to increase the visibility of the patrol – by possibly moving to a January date.

Thanks to all the Active Member Ladies of Fairhaven for being involved in this great initiative.

Pink Patrol 2018

Australian Championships – Scarborough, WA

Congratulations to all Fairhaven members currently competing at the Aussies in Scarborough.

Medal winners so far:

  • Masters 240 years Boats – Silver (Ron Diamond, Stuart Cato, Michael Heaton Harris, Francis Pamminger, Dave Thompson)
  • Masters 260 years Boats – Bronze (Frank Weimper, Phillip Grant, John Sill, Bob Stewart, Dave Thompson)
  • Over 70 Sprint – Mal Freake – Silver
  • Over 70 1km Run – Mal Freake – Gold, Ron Johnstone – Bronze, Ross Cummins – 4th
Australian Championships – Scarborough, WA
Australian Championships – Scarborough, WA

Best wishes to all and see you at the Haven soon!

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC