Newsletter – May 30, 2018

Dear Members,

The official patrol season ended about 6 weeks ago and it is a good time for the club to take stock of what went well whilst also considering plans and innovations for the future.

The Committee remains focused on keeping the club vibrant and our membership active with development opportunities in a variety of areas including Leadership, Junior Development, Training and Sports.

We thank all of our members for their commitment to the club and the broader Life Saving movement.

A number of our members have been nominated for LSV Awards of Excellence and we wish those members the best of luck.

Patrol Mentor Role

The Lifesaving Operations and Training team have developed a new role on Fairhaven’s patrols, to look after new members and help deliver some training on patrols. It’s called the Patrol Mentor.

An experienced patrolling member on each patrol will take on the role of a mentor to new patrolling members.

The transition from the theory based training provided on Bronze Medallion courses to the application of practical skills on patrol can be challenging and intimidating for many members.

The Patrol mentor will be responsible for easing this transition by providing support to new members of patrol and helping new members understand the practicalities of patrolling.

The roles and responsibilities of the patrol mentor include:

  • Helping new members sign on and off in the patrol log.
  • Showing new members where equipment is stored, and if necessary how to use the equipment.
  • Explaining individual roles to new members.
  • Gaining an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of new patrolling members.
  • Being available to answer any questions new members may have, and attempt to solve any issues.
  • Assist new members to fit in with the patrol culture at Fairhaven.

The Patrol mentor will become a crucial role in all Fairhaven Patrols.

Any members who wish to volunteer for the new role on their patrol should contact the Club Vice Captain, Maddy Green, at [email protected].

Administrative Employee

After much discussion,the Committee of the FSLSC has taken the decision to move down the path of having a part time paid administrator.

Many Victorian Life Saving Clubs have already moved in this direction and Fairhaven is easily the largest club who does not currently have this in place.

The club has experienced significant membership growth in recent times as well as expansion in our governance, risk and administrative requirements – particularly in the areas of membership, training and assessment processing and statutory Child Safety requirements.

We see this role as one that will enhance and sustain the extremely valuable volunteer contributions we get from many members as well as providing us with a central year round port of call for member enquiries.

We are in the process of finalising a job description and other details and this will be circulated to our members in due course.

IRB Crew Camp

FSLSC IRB training

To complement the suite of new Drivers that were trained in late April, 13 newly qualified IRB Crew emerged from the IRB Crew Camp that was run in mid-May.

Conditions were challenging, with gale force winds recorded in Aireys Inlet on the Friday prior to the camp. As a result, training was moved to Lorne for the Saturday, where wind was minimal and surf conditions significantly less wild. This provided the candidates a great opportunity not only to pick up the basics, but also experience a new location.

On the Sunday we were back home at Fairhaven, where the surf had improved enough for training, and the candidates were able to complete the course in typical Fairhaven conditions thrown up by the onshore wind.

FSLSC IRB training

A huge thanks to the Training & Assessment and Lifesaving Operations teams. The challenging conditions and subsequent relocation of training was well managed through careful risk assessment and planning from the team.

Huge congratulations also to all candidates, and we look forward to seeing you out in the boat on patrol and for water safety.

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

Fairhaven SLSC Annual General Meeting

Sunday 19th August – 10am – Fairhaven SLSC

Please save the date. If you have the interest and expertise to help out in management of the club, we have a variety of roles and ways to utilize your skills.

Please contact me: [email protected] if you wish to get involved.

Fairhaven SLSC Merchandise – Online

Please go to to view our full range of fantastic merchandise in time for Winter!

Fairhaven SLSC Surf Boats

FSLSC Boaties

Having just completed a very successful season, the FSLSC boat rowers are currently planning for the coming season with the World Titles being held in Adelaide in November 2018.

Ocean Thunder also starts in November and the season at large starts in early December.
We are currently looking for junior crews both male and female. Under 19 boys/girls. Under 23 boys and girls.

Also offer is open to senior men and women and masters.

If anyone is interested in getting involved with rowing at Fairhaven please contact:

Peter Grant: [email protected]
Mal Freake: [email protected]
Dave Thompson: [email protected]

FSLSC Boaties

Wishing members all the best for the Winter months ahead – keep in mind that some Fairhaven sunshine will be around before we know it!

Best Wishes,

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC