Newsletter – December 21, 2017

Dear Members,

Welcome to the last pre Xmas newsletter from Fairhaven SLSC. Hopefully everyone has completed preparations for the Festive season and can look forward to some magical Fairhaven weather!

Summer Haven

Hopefully all households have received their hard copy of the Summer Haven.

It is packed full of information regarding everything that is going on at the club this summer.

You can view an electronic version by clicking on the link below.

Download: The Haven (pdf 1.7MB)

Pre-Christmas Patrols

The Christmas calendar for 2017 make our patrolling commitments slightly difficult for Sat 23 Dec and Sun 24 Dec.

To our local active members, or those lucky enough to be at the Haven pre Xmas, please consider doing a voluntary Patrol on either of those days:

  • Sat 23rd Dec 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Sun 24th Dec 10am-4pm
  • Mon 25th Dec 10am-4pm (Observational Patrol)

For more information, email our Club Captain Michael Henderson at [email protected].

Bronze Camp Wrap

Our annual residential Bronze Camp ran from the 10th-16th December and was a great success.

This is an important strategic event for the club with over 50 new bronze medallion holders being welcomed to Fairhaven SLSC.

In addition, approximately 30 existing members trained for their Silver award which includes First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation awards.

A big thanks to Laura Buckley, Liam O Callaghan and Alex Schwarcz for their organisation, planning and leadership of the camp.

Also, thanks to the IRB drivers/water safety/bus drivers and instructors who all volunteer their time to make it a great event and fantastic induction into the Fairhaven culture for our new members.

Special thanks to Angus and Julie from Angahook Holiday camp who go out of their way to accomodate the unique needs of the camp and feed the hungry masses.

One highlight for all was a visit from the Westpac Helicopter and a simulated rescue at Fairhaven beach.

We welcome and congratulate our new award members and hope they have a long association with Fairhaven.

Tim Gates Fun Run Entries Now Open!

Enter early for discount on line registration:

Please note new starting time:

11am Start Sunday
7th January, 2018
Fairhaven Beach
10 KM Run or 5 KM Run/Walk

Proudly supported by our PRINCIPAL SPONSOR – greatoceanproperties

For anyone who has some time to assist the team in the event planning or on the day – please volunteer by contacting Alan Martin at [email protected].

Assistance is required across a range of functions including sponsorship’s, event photography, celebrity event starter, publicity, medical, registrations, beach set up etc.

The Haven Classic 2017

Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing day. The inaugural Haven Classic was held on Saturday 16th December exceeding all expectations and blowing minds right across the ocean paddling community. The weather – perfect, the surf – perfect, the atmosphere – electric, the wind – well, almost perfect.

The 13km ocean paddle from Lorne to Fairhaven saw 93 competitors (4 from NSW) take to the water on all matter of ocean craft. Ocean skis, surf skis, prone paddleboards, SUPs, a foil board and the crowd favourite, a SUPsquatch 6 man inflatable SUP.

You could not wipe the smiles off the faces of the competitors, volunteers and spectators who were all lucky enough to experience one of those magical Fairhaven days.

World no. 8 ranked SUP paddler James Casey from NSW glided across the ocean on his foil board to reach Fairhaven in an incredible winning time of just 54 minutes.

It was great to see so many athletes stick around to enjoy our spectacular Sunset Bar, which was in full swing with the usual cold beer, great food and a live band.

We can’t thank our 45 volunteers enough for their contribution towards this wonderful event. Special mention goes out to our water safety team, led by Alex Buckley, who showed just how skilled and professional we are as a Surf Life Saving Club. We had endless comments from competitors about how safe they felt out there.

We have been inundated with texts, emails and social media posts from people who have nothing but positive feedback for the event and our surf club. Here are a few of examples:

“The brainchild of ocean paddlers Cheyne Mitchell and Brad Cummins, this event was pulled off to perfection. As with many other multi-paddle events, it was great to see such a diversity of craft and age groups on the water. Amazing course, amazing venue [the Sunset Bar lived up to it’s name], brilliant water safety and a smashing after-party complete with a rocking band and lots of dancing! Now that’s how to run a feel-good event!” – Warwick lee

“Terrific event in every aspect. A must for any paddler who is after a great challenge. Well done Cheyne and Brad for a top effort in organising the Haven Classic and putting Victoria on the map for World Class events.” – Michael Jenkins

“Absolutely brilliant run event… hats off to Brad Cummins and Cheyne Mitchell for all their hard work, time and effort and to the Fairhaven SLSC for their magnificent venue” – Sharon Bourke

Lastly, we’d like to thank Darren West and the FSLSC Committee who took a punt in supporting this event, allowing us to get this off the ground and showcase what a fantastic community club we are.

For all event photos go to our Facebook page ‘The Haven Classic’.

We can’t wait to do it all again in 2018!!

Brad Cummins & Cheyne Mitchell
The Haven Classic Event Directors

Fairhaven Carnival

Fairhaven has been selected to host the Life Saving Victoria Senior Carnival and the Ocean 6 Competition (formerly the Nutri-Grain Iron Man Competition) which are being held concurrently at Fairhaven on Sunday 14th January 2018. We’re expecting 550 competitors and plenty of action.

The club is responsible for organising the logistics on the day and needs your help with traffic control, bus driving, cooking on the BBQ, keeping our beach tidy and a range of other tasks.

You can sign up directly online or for more information, contact the organising committee at [email protected].

Simon Green
Event Co-ordinator

River Swim

Thursday 28th December at 2pm

It’s too late to start training but this event is an excellent way to blow out some Christmas excess and the good news is that the mighty Painkalac is full!

60th Anniversary Function

We have decided that the 60th Anniversary of FSLSC is too important a birthday to let slip by without celebrating!

Saturday 24th February 2018

Please save the date. More details to follow regarding tickets and format.

Door Knock

Our important annual fund raiser will again be held on January 1 from 4pm.

Many hands make light work for all – in particular, we always need more adult/car drivers to help cover the territory with Door Knockers – see you there!

Post Xmas Awards

Our very capable and dedicated Training and Assessment team are offering a number of awards for our members to complete after Xmas.

Bronze Medallion

The Post-Christmas Bronze Squad runs alongside our SRC program during the summer period following Christmas, around the same time as the Fairhaven Nipper program. The Bronze Medallion is for anyone aged 15 years+.

Please note, this program does not operate as a Camp.

You do not have to have any previous lifesaving experience to join and we always encourage new members to get involved.

Candidate Info packs with greater course and payment detail will be sent out closer to the time.

In the meantime if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to our Training and Assessment team at [email protected].

First Aid + Resuscitation Course

  • Gain knowledge and skills to help provide aid to people with injuries or illnesses, e.g. asthma, sports injuries, epilepsy, heart conditions, burns, stroke, shock, etc
  • Nationally recognised qualifications organised by Surf Life Saving Australia, can be listed on a CV as Provide First Aid, Provide Basic Emergency Life Support and Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation [HLTAIS0003, HLTAID002, HLTAID001]
  • 3 day course (must attend every session)
    • 2nd Jan 2:30-4:30pm
    • 4th Jan 2:30-4:30pm
    • 5th Jan 2:30-4:30pm
    • Assessment – 5th Jan 5:00-7:00pm
  • Free to any member above the age of 15. All training equipment supplied, including a free manual to keep after the course. Highly recommended for Nipper parents and active patrolling members.
  • Sign up at:

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Course

  • Learn to use equipment to improve resuscitation of unconscious patients, including oxygen therapy, bag and mask ventilator system, defibrillator, and airway suction.
  • Nationally recognised qualifications Apply Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Administer Oxygen in an Emergency Situation, Operate a Semi-Automatic Defibrillator in an Emergency [HLTFA404A, PUAEME003C, PUAOPE010B]
  • 2 day course (must attend every session)
    • 28th Dec 10:00-12:00pm
    • 29th Dec 10:00-12:00pm
    • Assessment – 29th Dec 5:30-7:00pm
  • Participants must hold a current Bronze Medallion or First Aid + Resuscitation qualifications. This award builds on prior knowledge from these awards. Highly recommended for active patrolling members aged 16 or older.
  • Sign up at:

Spinal Management

  • Focused on management of patients with spinal injuries, including safely moving and carrying patients. This course includes water retrieval (wetsuit recommended)
  • Nationally recognised qualification Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury [PUAEME004A]
  • 1 day course
    • 6th Jan 2:00-4:30pm
    • Assessment – 6th Jan 5:30-6:30pm
  • Participants must hold a current Bronze Medallion or First Aid + Resuscitation qualifications. This award builds on prior knowledge from these awards. Highly recommended for active patrolling members aged 16 or older. Please wear bathers and bring a wetsuit if possible.
  • Sign up at:

IRB Crew and Driver Training

This season we are looking to train 4-5 Nipper parents, friends or siblings in IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) driving and crewing. People who complete these awards will be asked to help as water safety at Nippers sessions and events over the next few years. It is necessary to complete IRB crew before IRB driver.

IRB crew and driver are fun and challenging courses, and are highly valued at Fairhaven Nippers. Please register interest by emailing your details to [email protected]. Training preference will be given to people who will be involved in Nippers for a few seasons.

Officials Accreditation

With a growing Sports/Competition team, Fairhaven SLSC would like to increase the current number of junior and senior sports officials.

SLSA have introduced a new system of accreditation starting with the entry level being called “Core Officials.”

Fairhaven SLSC would like to conduct this entry level course and we require 6-10 persons to sign up for the course. The theory component is on line, then a practical assessment can be organised at the club during a nipper session using the various discipline courses. Once the assessment is completed, then you are able to start officiating at carnivals.

Our aging numbers of officials needs to be revamped. If you are keen to be involved and become an Official, please contact Cutch on 0418 560 310 and all the information will be passed on to you.

Fairhaven SLSC Merchandise

We are excited to launch our Fairhaven merchandise for online sale this season.

Orders are open NOW and if ordered between now and 7 January, goods will be shipped on January 8.

The merchandise shop will be open at the clubhouse during Nipper sessions over the 2017/2018 season however, the range available at the clubhouse is not as extensive as that online. Only limited styles, colours and sizes will be available at the club.

We would like to advise that Rugby Jumpers and a Limited Edition 60 year cap will be available at the clubhouse this summer. So do come and purchase those directly.

We have worked with Ghanda for many years and they are pleased to be working with us on this online shop. This also means that sizing will be the same as last summer (and summers previous) as all clothing will be supplied by Ghanda.

To order please visit the following website:

Merchandise Shop Opening Times

26th December 3 – 6 pm
27th December 9 – 12.30 pm
28th December 9 – 12.30 pm
29th December 9 – 12.30 pm
30th December 9 – 12.30 pm
2nd January 4 – 6 pm
3rd January 9 – 12.30 pm
4th January 9 – 12.30 pm & 6 – 8 pm
6th January 9 – 12.30 pm
7th January 5 – 7 pm

Fairhaven SLSC App

If you are yet to download the Official FSLSC App – please do so!

It is full of useful information and links regarding all that is happening at the club and it also increases our ability to communicate with members and, in particular, Nipper parents quickly and easily when required.

Information on downloading is contained on Page 27 of the Summer Haven magazine.

Fairhaven Requal

For those active members who are yet to requalify, there will be an opportunity to do so at Fairhaven on Wednesday 27th December – time TBC

In closing, on behalf of the Committee of FSLSC, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members and their families a safe, enjoyable and relaxing Xmas and we look forward to seeing you all on the beach at Fairhaven very soon.


Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC