Newsletter – October 8, 2018

Dear Members,

A magnificent Victorian Spring weekend easily allows us to cast our minds forward to a Summer at the Haven!

Footy is finished (the mighty Pies very unlucky!) and school is about to head back for Term 4 so it’s all systems go for the forthcoming Lifesaving season.

Membership Renewals

All Members should, by now, have received a renewal email from our Membership Registrar – Vicki Redwood, with details about how to renew.

Please renew your membership as soon as possible, our club survives with your support!

If you have any queries or issues with membership renewal, please contact our Club Admin officer – Nicole Clarke – [email protected] or 0439 804 772.

Please also be reminded that the club now requires all members over the age of 18 to have a current Working With Children.

Download: Working With Children Check Policy (pdf)

We are in the process of auditing our current status in regard to this and the Committee views this as an ongoing project as well as the club’s moral obligation to our junior members.

If you do not have a current WWC – please follow the steps as outlined here.

If you have queries, please contact Nicole Clarke (details above).

Nipper Registration

Nipper Registration is also now open and members should have received an email with details.

It is imperative that Membership process and payment needs to be completed before registering for Nippers.

Details can be found at:

Please note – Nipper registration will CLOSE on October 31


The following list of dates is not exhaustive but includes key dates for your diary for forthcoming important club events.

Sun 11th November -Sandridge requal
Sun 18th November – Fairhaven requal
Sat 1st December – Patrols commence
Sat 15th December – Fairhaven requal
Sun 16th December – Bronze Camp commences
Thurs 27th December – Nippers commences (AM) Fairhaven Requal (PM)
Sat 29th December – River Swim (TBC)
Mon 31st December – New Years Eve Function
Tues 1st January – Door Knock
Fri 4th January – Cosy Corner Nipper Carnival
Sun 6th January – Tim Gates Fun Run
Sat 12th January – Pier to Pub
Sat 16th February – The Haven Classic (TBC)
Sat 23rd-24th February – Victorian Nipper Championships – Lorne


Patrols commence on Saturday 1st December.

The FALCON Teams and Patrolling Member Lists have now been uploaded to the Fairhaven SLSC website under the ‘Patrols’ section. Also available is a Factsheet that once again explains the FALCON Program as well as the new patrolling structure at the club for the upcoming season.

If you have any further questions, or would simply like clarification on a patrol-related matter, please send Michael Henderson an email at [email protected].

We are looking forward to seeing you on the beach for another fantastic season of patrolling!

Training and Assessment

Skills Maintenance/Requal Dates

Fairhaven is running requals on the following dates:

18th November (AM)
15th December (AM)
27th December (PM)

Members are also able to attend requal at Sandridge LSC, 11th November at 10:00am.

Note: You will need to book in to a requal before attending, and complete the online theory component.

Post-Christmas Training

Registrations for Fairhaven’s annual SRC program, Post-Christmas Bronze and Advanced Awards (Advanced Resuscitation Technique, Spinal Management and First Aid) are open and filling up fast. Register now if you are interested. Link available via the Fairhaven Training page on the Fairhaven SLSC website.

Please email Alex Schwarcz if any queries: [email protected]

Tim Gates Classic

Sunday 6th January 2019 – 4.30pm

Online Registration now open!

In an effort to streamline the process for our members, you will notice a slightly different registration process compared to previous years. Please register early and support this fantastic club event!

Fairhaven Sports

Please contact Chloe Hardman (VP Sports) or Dave Thompson (Boat Captain) if you wish to be involved in
Fairhaven Sports this year.

Please see below link for full Competition calendar. Some boat crews are already in training.

Chloe: [email protected]
Dave: [email protected]

LSV Sports Calendar 2018-2019

Online Merchandise

In conjunction with Ghanda, our online store has been revamped and redesigned!

For any pre-season merchandise shopping needs, please head to:

If any members have an interest in being involved with our merchandise – whether that is from a design perspective or helping out with logistics/in-shop over summer – please email Nicole – [email protected].

Help Wanted!

The Lifesaving Operations team is looking for a mechanical engineer to help design a solution to reduce the risk of Fairhaven members injuring themselves while lifting IRB motors.

Currently members as young as 16 lift motors weighing 52kg each up to 1.5m into the air. The risk of back injury is obvious. The Lifesaving Operations team is looking for ways to eliminate this hazard from patrol.

Any member who is appropriately qualified and is interested in helping protect our patrolling members is encouraged to contact Ned Douglas at [email protected] for details.

LSV U18 Leadership Development Camp

Targeting 16 and 17 year old club members, LSV are running a 3 day camp at Angahook Holiday Camp in Airey’s from the afternoon of Friday 30th November through to Sunday 2nd December.

The camp is an opportunity for youth members to develop and enhance their leadership and lifesaving skills, to support their progress through their lifesaving journey. Mentored by some great volunteer leaders from across the state, participants will have the opportunity to learn, share and network with likeminded lifesavers from across the state over a 3-day live in camp.

More information and the registration link can be found in the following LSV circular (pdf).

If you have any questions please get in touch with Liam O’Callaghan at [email protected].

We will be in touch with all members more regularly from now on as the season gets closer.

Please keep an eye on our website and download the Fairhaven SLSC App for more updates.

Best wishes,

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC