Newsletter – March 4, 2020

Dear Members,

With a long weekend approaching and summer starting to leave us behind, we hope to see many of you at the Haven this weekend.

Thanks as always to all our members and supporters – the club does not function without your contributions.


We have 6 more weekends before the conclusion of the patrolling season. Many thanks to our active members who provide a most vital service to the community.

As a reminder of our variable beach surrounds and the vital importance of our training programs and dedicated members, some young Fairhaven patrol members were involved in a complex mass rescue at Fairhaven a couple of weeks ago.

A group of 5 swimmers got into trouble just on closing time of patrol but fortunately the awareness and the skill of the patrolling members averted what had had the potential to be a nasty incident.

Well done to all involved.

The number of rescues performed at Fairhaven this summer is significantly up compared to last year – so a reminder to all to stay safe and swim between the flags.

March 7-8 Patrol 3
March 9 Patrol 1
March 14-15 Patrol 7
March 21-22 Patrol 6
March 28-29 Patrol 2
March 4-5 Patrol 4

Easter 2020

Easter is fast approaching. Our Annual Club Presentation Night will be held on Sunday April 12.

It is a great night to celebrate and say thanks.

More details to follow – please save the date and support the club.

Nipper State Titles Preview

The Victorian Junior State Championships will be held this coming long weekend with a return to Warrnambool after a 1 year hiatus at Lorne last year.

Fairhaven will be strongly represented by a team of over 50 Nippers competing between U9 and U13.

It’s always a great weekend, both on and off the beach and we hope to do Fairhaven proud!

A huge thank you to all families who are attending as well as all our dedicated Age Group Managers.

It certainly takes a village to get ready for State Champs but the rewards are great in terms of fun times bonding for Team Haven.

Kirstin Charlesworth
VP Junior Activities

National Leadership College 2020 / Tim Gates Foundation

National Leadership College 2020

I was lucky enough to be selected as one of seven Victorians, and one of twenty three individuals from around the country to attend Surf Life Saving Australia’s National Leadership College. The week long course, held in Sydney from the 2nd to the 8th of February brought together a variety of see individuals aged 18 to 30 who were in positions of leadership, or aspiring to be leaders within their club and/or state.

The aim of the week is to develop and support each individual to become the best leader possible. The program consisted of informative discussion based sessions led by high achieving individuals from around the country. They were able to contextualise their workplace leadership stories by relating to general club activities. Individuals joined us such as Sally Cumming (mind and well being expert), Shane Dawe (General Manager Coastal Safety SLSA) and Melanie Evans (head of retail banking ING) and many many others.

The week taught us that are many styles of leadership but the common goal of bringing out the best in others was constant. All participants are now able to apply the skills and knowledge to their work, lifesaving and personal lives to better engage with the people around them.
The week taught us that are many styles of leadership but the common goal of bringing out the best in others was constant. All participants are now able to apply the skills and knowledge to their work, lifesaving and personal lives to better engage with the people around them.

In addition to the scheduled sessions, participants were encouraged and problem solve with each other. This one specially with the majority of candidates from Victoria, NSW Queensland, but also a representative from Tasmania South Australia and Western Australia and even two New Zealand lifesavers. this time resulted in the forming of strong friendships and connections which will not be forgotten easily. I having a plethora of like minded-people in the same place for a whole week common ground was not hard to find. Significant problem solving occurred through casual discussion, which would be unlikely to happen in other circumstances.

I would encourage any young member aspiring to lead other in or outside of the lifesaving context to apply, as the knowledge, experience and connections are invaluable. I am also very grateful to the Tim Gates Foundation for their valuable financial support in respect of my attending the college.

Alex Schwarcz
VP Training and Assessment

National Leadership College 2020

Laura Buckley Profile

Long standing Fairhaven member, former Vice President, member of the Female Leadership network panel, participant at SLSA National Leadership College – Laura Buckley has done it all!

She was recently profiled by Life Saving Victoria – please read more here about her motivation, experiences and contributions to the Life Saving and Fairhaven!

Go to: LSV – Laura Buckley Volunteer Profile

Meals and Bar Arrangements

The Sunset Bar and Bistro will be open this coming weekend on Friday 6th March, Saturday 7th March and Sunday 8th March from 5pm.

Please join us for a drink or meal and enjoy the beautiful views before summer completely winds down!

It will then re-open for members on Good Friday – 10th April, Easter Saturday – 11th April and Easter Sunday – 12th April – coinciding with our end of year Presentation Night.

Fairhaven SLSC Boat Rowing

Our Fairhaven crews have been training and racing through our summer season.

Our Masters women Fairhaven Hot Catch won a Gold medal in testing surf conditions at the Australian Surf Rowers League, Australian open held on 14-16 of Feb at Mollymook NSW.

Well done to the girls as well as our support team on the beach. As usual our Members all chipped in and got the job done.

(See post with winning video on Facebook pages Fairhaven Surfboats and or Fairhaven Sports.)

We all continue training and are now focusing on the Victorian Surf Life Saving Titles to be held at Lorne on 21-22 of March.

There is a Surfboat only Carnival planned for Fairhaven on the weekend of April 5. We would love to see some support from our members.

Helpers are required in assisting set up and pack up. If we can run a BBQ that would be good. The requirements are not as stringent as a full beach carnival.

If you want to see some action Surfboats at Fairhaven will not disappoint.

Moving forward from our boat Carnival we will be driving to the Gold Coast in April for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships held between 18-26 of April At Broadbeach. Again our masters crews are expected to do very well. The surf is always a test on the Gold Coast.

We are still seeking sponsors for our boat section. Sponsorship packages are available. Please contact Dave Thompson 0415526595.

Our boats are a mobile bill board in a way and do get great exposure for a sponsor as we tow them around Victoria and interstate.

See you on the beach. Look for the Fairhaven tent.

Boat Captain

Masters women Fairhaven crew 'Hot Catch' win Gold

International Womens Day

LSV and the Female Leadership Network are hosting a breakfast tomorrow in celebration of International Womens Day.

Fairhaven will be well represented at the breakfast and have nominated Trish Morgan and Eve Lardner for recognition of their contribution to Fairhaven and Lifesaving more broadly.

Well done all!

We hope all our members have a relaxing long weekend and have time for a swim between the flags before enjoying the views from the Sunset Bar and Bistro!

Best wishes,

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC

1960s - Fairhaven Pt Lonsdale Team Training
1960s – Fairhaven Pt Lonsdale Team Training