We are rapidly nearing the summer break and looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the beach! Patrols, requals and training programs are well underway, and the Sunset bar and meals have been popular over the last couple of weekends.
Please join us on the Sunset Deck at 9.00am on Monday 27 December for the Opening Ceremony of the Nippers. This will include a Welcome to Country by a member of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation on whose traditional lands our Club stands.
The Fairhaven SLSC is an organisation involving people from all different cultures, religions, abilities and we welcome all. We engage our members through our programs and activities to deliver a safe, fair and inclusive environment for all members.
The Fairhaven SLSC Committee has drafted an Inclusion and Diversity Statement. The committee endorses this commitment to create a safe inclusive ecosystem where we promote equity, respect and diversity.
To ensure Fairhaven SLSC is an inclusive organisation that is open to all who wish to participate regardless of age, gender, disability, cultural and linguistic background, or sexual orientation, we are proud to include a Rainbow Patrol on Tuesday 28 December 2021. Together with Pink Patrol on Monday 3 January 2022 and Movember Patrol, held in November, we are aiming to raise awareness and provide a safe and nurturing environment for all participating in surf lifesaving. We will hold a further two awareness patrols during the season, Blue Patrol (mental health and wellbeing) and Green Patrol (environment).
We are pleased to have the Kiosk open from Boxing Day. Come down for a coffee and new menu, there will be limited seating with great views!
Member Protection and Child Safety
Fairhaven SLSC and Surf Life Saving (SLS) is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all Children & Young People who are involved in SLS. SLS policies and procedures seek to address risks to child safety and to establish child safe culture and practices in line with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
At Fairhaven we have a Member Protection / Grievance Officer, Jo Lawson and two Child and Young Members Safety Officers, Julia Clarke and Sonia McCully-Saggers.
We encourage all members who are working with children and young people to complete the child safe training which can be found on the SLSA website in the members area / e-learning portal.
Go to: members.sls.com.au
(then go to: e-learning > Login to eLearning Sports and Nippers > Training Library > SLS – Age Managers > SLS – Child Safe Awareness).
This is an online course that takes approx. 20 minutes.
Yoga and Pilates
We are excited to be able to offer Yoga and Pilates again. Sessions will run daily between Monday 27 December and Sunday 2 January, no class on New Year’s Day (Saturday 1 January).
Please bring your own mat, towel and water and check in on arrival. Thank you to Tina and Elise for facilitating these sessions.
The Fire Danger Period for the Surf Coast region commenced on Monday 20 December at 1am.
Fire Danger Periods are when CFA restricts the use of fire in the community. This is to help prevent fires from starting. To find out what you can and can’t do during this period visit: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/total-fire-bans-and-ratings/can-i-or-cant-i
Training and Skills Maintenance
I was delighted to attend and speak with the Bronze and advanced lifesaving camp candidates last week. We are fortunate that we have been able to run this important program to train the next generation of lifesavers. I look forward to seeing them all in the red and yellow.
Thanks to the team of instructors for sharing their knowledge with the next generation of lifesavers and to Julie and Angus at Angahook Holiday Camp.
A program for SRC will take place from 28 December 2021 to Friday 7 January 2022 (excluding the New Year’s Day and public holidays) with both morning and afternoon sessions at Fairhaven SLSC. Dates for First Aid, Resuscitation and Advanced Resuscitation Techniques (ART) will be scheduled soon.
Last chance to dust of the wetsuit and get your skills maintenance / requal done. We have 3 more scheduled water sessions at Fairhaven. Please note you need to be a financial member and have completed the online component to register for one of the below sessions.
- Monday 27 of December – 10am-12pm or 12pm-2pm or 2pm-4pm @ FSLSC
If you have any questions, please email [email protected].
Please join us on the Sunset Deck of the Club at 9.00am on Monday 27 December for the Opening Ceremony of the Nippers 2021/22 Season. This will include a Welcome to Country given by a member of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation on whose traditional lands our Club is located.
Following the Welcome to Country, we will introduce our Nipper Captains for the 2021/22 Season; Sidney Johns and Bridget Sherry and our Nipper Leadership Group; Alexandra Green, Alice Wilcox, Georgia Benton, Olivia Webb, Oscar Doggett and Xavier West.
Marine Mammal Foundation Workshop
The Nippers program is delighted to announce that The Marine Mammal Foundation will be visiting the Club at 3pm on Thursday 30 December to run their innovative and exciting Marine Litter Project Workshop with our nippers.
In this free interactive and engaging workshop Nippers and their families and friends will learn about Victoria’s unique marine mammals, including the newly discovered and critically endangered Burrunan dolphins, Australian fur seals, and our humpback whale visitors… just to name a few!
Come along to discover how our litter and waste can harm these amazing animals, and what we can all do to make a positive difference.
All Club members with an interest in protecting our marine mammals are welcome to attend, no RSVP is required.
If you have not already done so please complete and return your child’s Swim Proficiency Form today. These need to be processed by LSV before the program commences. Unfortunately, if we do not receive the signed form prior to the commencement of the program your child will not be able to enter the water during Nippers.
You can either Print a Swim Form Here and email it to us at [email protected], or complete it electronically Preliminary Swim Skills Evaluation Form. When completing the Form please ensure that the name written on the form is the name / form of name as used when registering your child for Nippers. This will assist in marrying the Swim Proficiency Form with your child’s records.
Any child that does not meet the required evaluation level for their age group will require a higher level of supervision when involved in water-based activities. These children must remain in shallow water and supervised on a 1:1 ratio until the child is deemed competent in relation to the preliminary skills evaluation guidelines. Please advise your child’s Age Group Manager if your child is not a confident swimmer so that assistance may be arranged.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Tanya and Mel [email protected].
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Wishing you all a very happy Christmas,
Nancy Joseph, President and Fairhaven SLSC Committee