We are rapidly nearing the start of the 2021-22 season and all areas of the club are well underway with planning for the season.
We are excited to rebrand the e-newsletter ‘the Haven’. The pre-Christmas and pre-Easter publications will no longer be produced in the previous format. All updates will be via the website, e-newsletter, email, social channels and Team App (more info to come on this one).
I was delighted to interview eight outstanding under 13 Nippers with Liam O’Callaghan for the new roles of Nipper Club Captains. We were blown away with the caliber of these young members and have decided to form a first ever Nippers Leadership Group.
Congratulations to our new Nipper Club Captains – Bridget Sherry and Sidney Johns and to the Nippers Leadership Group:
- Georgia Benton
- Oscar Doggett
- Alexandra Green
- Olivia Webb
- Xavier West
- Alice Wilcox
In this edition you will find updates covering:
- COVID-19 and Vaccination Status
- Lifesaving Operations
- Training & Skills Maintenance
- Youth Member Opportunities
- Sunset Bar
- Tim Gates Classic
- Bushfire Preparedness
Calling all Mo-Bros and Mo-Sisters! Fairhaven SLSC is again proud to be supporting Movember fundraising for men’s mental health. Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. Some of our members are already on board, so for any new Mo-Bro’s or Mo-Sisters please sign up here: Movember – Life Saving Victoria
This year, Fairhaven is pleased to offer a dedicated Movember patrol. To support the club’s efforts to help raise awareness and funds, please come along to patrol, and sign up to the Movember team.
- Date: 27 November 2021
- Time: 13:30 – 16:30
Please email [email protected] to confirm attendance.
During the off-season, the IRB room was refitted with new IRB racks to better store the IRB hulls and motors. Additionally, new cupboards were installed to allow for a more functional space and more accessible and organised storage of our IRB equipment.
Patrols start on Saturday 27 November.
The 2021-22 patrol roster and FALCON teams have been finalised. Please navigate to the ‘Patrols’ tab on the Fairhaven SLSC website to view the 2021-22 patrol roster, FALCON teams and Active member patrol signup sheet for the season.
Active members who are not listed in a FALCON team should roster themselves on to any of the dates listed to complete their 16 hours. Please note, this sheet is for non-FALCON patrol members only. If you are not a FALCON member and would like to become one, please contact Liam at [email protected].
FALCON members, please ensure you familiarise yourselves with the ‘FALCON fact sheet’ and the expectations of a FALCON member.
Links to these resources:
Prior to each season, all gear must be cleared for operational use. Any members who have borrowed equipment for personal use during the off-season, need to return items to the club. Could you please contact Jacqui at [email protected] if you are in possession of any patrol equipment such as rescue boards or tubes.
Pre-Season Patrol Leaders Briefing
On Thursday 18 November at 6:30pm the operations team will lead a Patrol Leaders briefing via zoom to prepare teams for the season ahead. The meeting will cover the season ahead, COVID safety on patrol, expectations, response capability, club interoperability, critical incidents, command and control.
Please save the date in your calendars. A link to the meeting will be distributed closer to the date. It is important that all Patrol leaders and FALCON members attend. Active patrolling members are also welcome.
E-ROADS: Emergency Response Vehicle Usage
This season, we will have an E-Roads system installed in the emergency response vehicle (the Ranger) which means each member who uses the vehicle will be required to sign in with a personal account each time they drive.
Those frequently using the vehicle will mostly be patrol leaders, the training and assessment team and those who require the vehicle for sports or other transporting of equipment.
If you fall within this category, could you please email a copy of your driver’s licence to Nicole at [email protected] at your earliest convenience for your account to be created. An account will be set up in your name with each member’s login pin being the last 4 digits of their driver’s licence number.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the operations team.
Jacqui Dreher – VP Lifesaving Operations
Liam O’Callaghan – Club Captain
Issy Galloway – Vice Club Captain
Alex Schwarcz – Lifesaving Development
After School Nippers
We are delighted to get the after-school Nippers program up and running and were back on the beach on Thursday the 4 November with 20 nippers keen to get wet.
With wet and miserable weather earlier in the week, we were pleasantly surprised with sunshine and great water conditions to ease everyone back in. Although the water was fresh, there was no stopping the kids.
Thanks to Julia Clarke for getting the program up and running, Mark Riddell for leading the water activities, Mal Freake for braving the chilly conditions and bringing up the water safety numbers, Luke Wakeman and Dean Lewis for their extra support in the water and all the other parents for their assistance.
We started the session remembering some safety aspects like being sun smart, wearing high vis and reading the water before entering. We practiced some basic signals so we could communicate over the wind and the waves, did a traditional jog and warmups to get in the mood and then we hit the water with wading, swimming and boards. The Nipper’s skills and confidence showing through their excitement and smiles.
Nipper Club Captains
We are delighted to announce the new Nipper Club Captains, Bridget Sherry and Sidney Johns.
We were blown away with the caliber of these young members and have formed a first ever Nippers Leadership Group.
We will bring the Captains and the Leadership Group together before the Season commences (on Zoom) to chat through the Nippers program.
During the first few days of Nippers, we will get the Captains and Leadership Group together to talk about; their ideas for Nippers, involvement in the upcoming carnivals and some training pathways with Life Saving Victoria to provide them with other leadership opportunities.
During the season, the Nipper Captains and Leadership Group will act as buddies for the younger nippers, assist with some warmup games before the program starts at 10am and have some afternoon “play dates’ with games and activities. These play dates will be a fantastic opportunity for nippers from different age groups to mix and get to know each other.
A huge thanks to Tanya Singleton and Mel Vallence for introducing this wonderful initiative and opportunity for our young members. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Tanya and Mel at [email protected].
Youth Member Opportunities
There are many opportunities for our youth members available, see below some great programs with Life Saving Victoria:
The LSVj Advisory Committee is very excited to be hosting the 2021 Youth Symposium at LSV HQ on Saturday November 20.
Link to register: www.trybooking.com/BUFAP
Registrations close 17 November.
For more information on these opportunities, and other youth and leadership development information, please contact the VP Membership and Leadership Development at [email protected].
Tim Gates Classic
The annual Tim Gates Classic Fun Run/Walk will be back on the beach this year, a welcome return after we missed out last year.
Entries will open soon for the 5km walk or run and a 10km run, stretching along glorious Fairhaven beach. It will take place at 11.00 am on Sunday the 9 January 2022 – note a morning event this year to take advance of the midday low tide.
Online entries ONLY this year, so we can manage the COVID Safe modifications, otherwise the event format will be substantially unchanged.
So, get into your training program as we expect huge participation from our enthusiastic post lockdown community from all ages and abilities.
We would like to acknowledge our Principal Sponsor Great Ocean Properties and thank them for their ongoing support of this event.
We require volunteers to run this event, both prior to the event day and on the day. So, if you are keen to support this great club fundraising event, in a role of your choice, please get in touch with Darren West or Alan Martin via email on [email protected].
Please stay up to date on our social media pages
Nancy Joseph, President and Fairhaven SLSC Committee