Newsletter – December 21, 2021

Hello Members,

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!

COVID-19 and Vaccinations

To comply with the latest Victorian Government roadmap, unless an exemption applies, members and their guests, employees, industry and community partners, contractors and visitors need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before:

  • attending an LSV or club facility
  • delivering an LSV or club service in person
  • participating in an LSV or club activity in person

Requirements are based on two groups:

  • Workers – anyone aged 12 years and two months and older who is involved in delivering any of our services, programs, and/or activities is considered a worker (volunteer or employed) and must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes our employees, patrolling members, club committee members, administrators, age managers, coaches, officials, water safety and helpers (training course, event or nipper programs).
  • Others – anyone aged 18 years and older attending our facilities (including cafés, restaurants and events) or participating in our programs and/or activities.

We have set up QR codes for the various area and used of the club eg. Nippers, patrols, training, clubhouse (sunset bar and meals) so we would appreciate you checking in as per activity.

LSV are requesting that every member complete and submit a COVID-19 vaccination status form. The form is short and can be accessed via smart phone:

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. If you have any questions, please get in touch [email protected].

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.

Member Protection and Child Safety Officers

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:
(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.

Child Safe Awareness course

Dates for Your Calendar

All club activities and events are in the Club Calendar on the website.

Nippers Opening Ceremony – Monday 27 December at 9am

Including a Welcome to Country by a member of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, and the introduction of our 21/22 Nipper Captains and Leadership Group.

Marine Mammal Foundation Workshop – Thursday 30 December at 3pm

Innovative and exciting Marine Litter Project workshop.

Young Members Drinks Sunday 2 January 5.00pm onwards

Come down to the Sunset Bar to get together and catch up over some food and drinks. Financial members between 18-35 receive two free drinks upon arrival with some finger food provided.

New Members Drinks – Thursday 6 January 5.00pm onwards

Opportunity for members who have recently joined Fairhaven SLSC to get together, meet the committee and other club members at the Sunset Bar.

Jim Wall Iron Event – Sunday 2 January from 9am

The Jim Wall Iron event has been an iconic part of the Surf Coast lifesaving culture since ‘60s, in fact it’s the longest running iron event in the world. Event categories for U13, U15, U17 and Open. The event will include Junior Board, Ski and Surf races, Mixed relays and dash for cash. The event will conclude with the Open Female and Male Jim Wall Iron race. Prizes and trophies to be won!

To enter: Surf Coast Times Jim Wall Iron Race 2022 Tickets

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.

Yoga and Pilates at the club

Tim Gates Classic

Assistance Needed for Visually Impaired Runner

A great opportunity has arisen for a visually impaired runner to participate in this year’s Tim Gates Classic.

Andrew lives on the south side of Geelong and is so very keen to take part in his first 10km Classic and needs a bit of assistance to make it all happen. Public transport is difficult for him to get to the event and navigating along the beach is impossible without assistance.

We are looking for a few volunteers to:

  • Transport Andrew to the event on the morning of Sunday 9 January and back home after the event (if you can do one way only, please let us know pick up or return).
  • Run beside Andrew along the 10km course (or multiple volunteers could do 5km each), Andrew is hoping to run the 10km in 55 to 60 minutes, so you need to be run fit!

If you are available and want to assist Andrew to participate in this amazing community event, please get in touch with Darren West or Alan Martin via email via [email protected]

The event will take place at 11.00 am on Sunday 9 January 2022 – note a morning event this year to take advance of the midday low tide. Presentations will be made on the beach following the event.

A reminder, online entries ONLY this year, so we can manage the COVID Safe modifications, otherwise the event format will be substantially unchanged.

Register online at:

Bushfire Preparedness

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:

Fire Danger Period notice

Youth Opportunities

Under 15 Leadership Program

Fairhaven SLSC’s Under 15 Leadership Program aims to continue to develop candidates’ leadership skills both personally and within lifesaving.

Participants will engage in a range of activities with their peers and mentors where they are able to have fun and challenge themselves. Activities range from assisting Age Group Managers with the club’s Nipper Program, activities such as Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and Mini Golf, experiencing different aspects of club life such as summer competition, Surf Boat rowing and Lifesaving Operations, as well as appearances from club legends and special guest speakers. See website for more information: Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club – U15’s Program (

Luau (under 18 event)

Grab your Hawaiian shirts and leis, this is an opportunity for our young members to get dressed up and have some fun on Monday 3 January (time TBC). Open to members aged 15-17, watch the website and social media for more details soon.

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].


Opening Ceremony

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.

Swim Proficiency

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].

Social Media

Please stay up to date on our social media pages

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas,

Nancy Joseph, President and Fairhaven SLSC Committee
[email protected]