Newsletter – October 15, 2021

Hello Members,

We hope everyone is well and we are tracking towards an end to these tough restrictions.

We are well into planning for the season, and you will find updates in this newsletter covering:

  • Covid-19 and vaccinations
  • Training programs
  • Nippers both after school and main season
  • Youth member opportunities
  • Community activities

In preparation for what is expected to be a busy season, the Lifesaving Operations team led by Jacqui Dreher and Liam O’Callaghan spent a day at Fairhaven making sure our lifesaving equipment is rescue ready for a gear inspection in the coming weeks. This was a huge task and a big thanks to those members who assisted.

FSLSC Lifesaving Equipment

Six Geelong and Surf Coast clubs have joined forces to form an administration group to ensure all clubs across this region are equipped to keep their beaches safe. Such a great opportunity for inter-club support and sharing of ideas and resources. Thanks to Nicole Clarke for all the work you do.

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There was a further article in the Surf Coast Times this week.

Surf Coast Times - Oct 14 2021

COVID-19 and Vaccinations

In line with the recent CHO updates, LSV has advised that all eligible members, employees, industry and community partners, contractors and visitors to a lifesaving club will need to be fully vaccinated from 26 October to be able to:

  • attend a lifesaving club facility
  • deliver club service in a face-to-face setting
  • participate in a club activity in person

We will continue to share updates as they become available from LSV. For more information you can visit the LSV webpage COVID-19 Recovery for Lifesaving Clubs | Life Saving Victoria (

There is still a lot of detail to be worked through, and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. If you have any questions, please get in touch [email protected].

After School Nippers is Back!

With regional schools going back to face to face learning, the kids are excited to get back to some sort of normality and back to the beach and in the water with their friends.

With a few minor changes, the After School Nippers program will start in week 4, on Thursday at 4pm, when all year levels are back in the classroom five days a week. This will give a little more time to navigate the logistics around participation numbers and COVID guidelines.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please email [email protected].


Fairhaven SLSC is again proud to be supporting LSV in its Movember Fundraising for men’s mental health. Some of our members are already on board, so for any new Mo-bro’s or Mo-sisters please sign up here:

Nippers Season 2021/22

We were thrilled to welcome Tanya Singleton and Mel Vallence as VP Nippers at the recent AGM. Tanya and Mel have hit the ground running and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the committee.

Nipper registrations will open on Friday 15 October and close Friday 3 December (unless fully subscribed).

The Nipper program will run from Monday 27 December 2021 to Wednesday 5 January 2022, from 10 – 12.15pm each day. At this stage, we expect to run a similar program to last season with some modifications, such as limits on group numbers, zoned beach areas, physical distancing and possible changes to kiosk/BBQ and merch arrangements.

The dates and program are subject to change based on instructions from LSV and the State Government and we will continue to update you as information becomes available. Check the website for more details, and if you have any questions please get in touch with Tanya and Mel [email protected].

Nipper Captains (male and female)

Season 2021/22 marks the awarding of the inaugural Fairhaven Nipper Captains. A male and a female from the U13 age group will be appointed as Nipper Captains.

Applications will open in mid-October and the successful applicants will be announced in the November newsletter. To be eligible for the role of Nipper Captain, applicants must:

  • Be current financial members of Fairhaven SLSC
  • Not be a competition member of any other Life Saving Club

The awarding of Nipper Captains presents an opportunity for our aspiring young lifesavers to take on a leadership role within the Nippers program. Nipper Captains will possess the following characteristics:

  • Be a good role model for other nippers – applaud good performance and effort from all individuals and teams regardless of the outcome
  • Show good sportsmanship
  • Act as a mentor for younger nippers
  • Display respect for coaches, other nippers, club members and the wider community
  • Uphold and demonstrate the principles of fairness, equality, inclusiveness, responsibility and safety
  • Show commitment to honest effort and strive to improve their personal performance
  • Demonstrate teamwork and loyalty
  • Demonstrate pride in the Fairhaven SLSC
  • Foster friendship, possess integrity and trust
  • Have fun!

The application form will be available in the Nippers section the website and will also be emailed to the parents from last season’s U12 age group. The application process will involve a written submission and a 15-minute interview with the Fairhaven Club President and Club Captain who will then consult with the Age Group Managers and Specialist Coaches.

We encourage all Nippers who will be entering Under 13 this season to apply. If you have any questions about the application process or the role of the Nipper Captains, please email [email protected]

Training Update

The training team are well underway with planning for Bronze and advanced awards camp in the week commencing Sunday 12 December. We are also planning to hold a Bronze/SRC in the summer period. Further information will be available in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Youth Member Opportunities

There are many opportunities for our youth members available, see below some great programs with Life Saving Victoria:

  1. Youth Age Managers & Officials Development Program (16 to 25 years)
    (applications close 18th October 2021)
    send me an email for the letter of endorsement [email protected].
  2. 2021 U18 Leadership Development Camp (16 and 17 years)
    (application close 24th October 2021)
  3. 2021 Youth Symposium (13 to 17 years)
    (event occurring November 30th 2021)

For more information on these opportunities, and other youth and leadership development information, please contact the VP Membership and Leadership Development [email protected].

Membership Renewals

Thank-you for your support of Fairhaven SLSC in previous seasons. We hope to see you at the club again this year. Membership renewals have been emailed to the primary member, if you haven’t received an email, please check your junk folder or contact Nicole Clarke.

We recognise and respect that COVID has affected members and their families in many ways, financially and otherwise. Please feel free to contact Nicole Clarke if you have extenuating circumstances. If you have any issues with renewal or payment, please contact Nicole Clarke [email protected].

Community Activities

Great Ocean Road Communities Network

The Great Ocean Road Communities Network (GORCN) has organised a four-part Webinar series to explore climate change and coastal erosion. The sessions will all be on-line at 3pm on 18, 19, and 21st of October and on 8 November. They will be open to everyone in the community. This is a free, public series. Registrations are via Eventbrite here:

Hooded Plovers

We have been great supporters in helping our beach nesting birds, the Hooded Plover, to survive over the years. As many of you would know these courageous little birds are a threatened species.

A BirdLife programme has been running to help these birds survive for many years and although the population is very low it is increasing here on the surf coast.

The Hooded Plovers have started laying eggs and will keep trying for the next few months until they successfully raise a chick or chicks. They lay their tiny eggs above the high tide mark, generally in or close to the sand dunes.

Once they hatch, their chicks can’t fly for five weeks, and unfortunately, there are many threats to nests and chicks including dogs, humans and foxes.

Once a nest is located an enclosure with signage will go up to help protect them. We ask that any dog walkers keep their dogs on a leash and close to the water line when near any enclosure. Just as importantly make sure dogs don’t run into the dunes as it can take time to confirm a nest. It’s also best if people don’t go up to enclosures to look as this is very stressful for the parent birds.

If you do see people with dogs off leash near any enclosures, politely let them know the right thing to do.

Hooded Plovers

Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail

DELWP is seeking input into the location and design of an iconic coastal walk Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail Design (Fairhaven to Skenes Creek).

We can help DELWP shape the Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail: Fairhaven to Skenes Creek by providing feedback in the above link. Consultation opened on 8 October and closes on 8 November 2021.

Social Media

Please stay up to date on our social media pages

With thanks,

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