Newsletter – September 21, 2017

Dear Members,

Welcome to the September edition of the Fairhaven SLSC newsletter.

With school holidays approaching, we hope to see some familiar faces down at the Haven very shortly. Please take the time to read through the following news items.

Membership Renewals

By now, everyone should have received a Membership Renewal email detailing how to renew membership for the forthcoming season.

Membership is the lifeblood of Fairhaven SLSC so please renew today!

Our voluntary Membership team, lead by Vicki Redwood, work tirelessly to maintain our database of approximately 1600 members. Please help the club out by following the instructions in the email and hopefully the process is smooth.

If you have queries or difficulties, please email Vicki – [email protected]

Nipper Registration

Family membership needs to be renewed & paid prior to registering your children for Nippers. Fairhaven memberships are renewed via the SLSA Members Portal:

Please include member ID numbers on the Nipper Registration form, so please hang onto them for that purpose.

Detailed instructions re renewals can be found on the club website at:

Nipper Registration Oct 1-31

To register please follow this link from Oct 1- Oct 31:

Prior to registering for Nippers please make sure you have:

  1. Renewed family membership to Fairhaven SLSC, checking that parent contact details are up to date
  2. Paid family membership fee $300
  3. Check parent/s WWCC is current

Nippers U8-U14 Swim Proficiency Session

A reminder for U8-U14 Nippers that the first Swim Proficiency sign off session is this Sat Sep 23, 4pm, at Xavier pool, Barkers Rd Hawthorn. Same time and venue for the second session on Sat Oct 14.

BYO swim form, pre-filled with child’s details.

VP Administration

Unfortunately, we are still yet to fill the role of VP (Admin and Member Services) vacated by Julia Clarke. This is an important role for the club dealing with Membership/Policy and Communications and liaising with our existing Administration Team (Surfguard Registrar and Member Registrar)

Julia is very happy to provide a full handover and support where required. Our club relies on volunteers across all areas of operation and this is a great opportunity for someone to make a significant contribution to Fairhaven SLSC.

A detailed Roles and Responsibilities description is available. The Role would suit a member with some IT/organisational skills but an extensive background in Lifesaving is not essential.

If you are interested, please contact me to discuss further: [email protected]

Calendar Dates

The calendar section of our website is currently being updated to include all details for Summer 2017-2018.

In the interim, here are a few dates to note:

  • Nipper Registration: October 1 -31
  • Sandridge Requal: Sun 12 Nov 9am
  • Fairhaven Requal: Sat 18 Nov (TBC)
  • Patrols Commence: Sat 2nd December
  • FSLSC Bronze Camp: 10th-16th December
  • Haven Classic: Sat 16th December
  • Nippers commences: Wednesday 27th December
  • Door Knock: Mon 1st January
  • Cosy Corner: Friday 5th January
  • Tim Gates Classic Fun Run: Sunday 7th January (morning start this year due to tides)
  • Ladies Lunch: Sat 13th January
  • Fairhaven Carnival: Sunday 14th January

Brand new fundraising event for the club!

The Haven Classic

Saturday 16th December 2017

The Haven Classic is a 13km ocean paddle from Lorne to Fairhaven finishing with a party that only Fairhaven SLSC knows how to throw. Open to Skis, Boards, SUPs and Outriggers, this is an event on the Fairhaven calendar not to be missed.

There are 4 ways you can support this event:

  1. Have a crack. Enter now at:
  2. Sponsor the event. Email us to obtain a Sponsorship Proposal at: [email protected]
  3. Volunteer by contacting Brad Cummins on 0402 392 644 or [email protected]
  4. Simply rock up to the after party & enjoy the festivities. Bar opens at 4pm!!

We hope to see you all at this exciting new event.


Barry Raymer

We sadly mourn the recent passing of Barry Raymer – a notable person in Fairhaven club history.

Almost 60 years ago in November 1959, Barry Raymer was on his first ever life saving patrol at Fairhaven beach. Late in the afternoon fellow patrolman Chris Holland was attacked and severely injured by a shark. Chris was bravely rescued by Russell Hughes. On the beach, urgent emergency first aid was vital in dealing with Chris’ serious injuries.

Barry Raymer took on the leadership of this important action and was widely credited by attending ambulance officers and others on the beach with saving Chris Holland’s life. The club was presented with the National Certificate of Merit for actions that day – an award largely attributed to the efforts of Barry Raymer.

“Harry” as he became affectionately known, went on to serve the club in numerous ways including Chief Instructor, Committeeman and successful March Past Coach.

Fairhaven extends deepest sympathy to Barry’s wife Jennifer and all of the Raymer family.

Underpass Update

Vic Roads has provided this update on underpass works.

Landscape planting of 1.3m high Prickly Tea-tree plants on the south side of the Great Ocean Road and of Seaberry Saltbush in a triangular bed on the north side of the Great Ocean Road has been completed. Painting of the remainder of the underpass, ramp walls, barriers and fences will be carried out from September when the weather is warmer, for curing of the two coats of paint. Lighting on top of the poles near the stairs will be replaced with lights that are not as bright and have a narrower beam, also in September.

Sports Training Update

Fairhaven competition training for nippers to masters starting at Sandridge LSC from Sunday October 15th, 4-6pm.

Our new Board and Ski Captain, Chloe Hardman, will be running weekly training for all those wishing to compete for Fairhaven this year.

Sessions will concentrate on beach and ocean events and coaching will be available. There is a calendar here and the club will communicate any amendments. We encourage all those interested to join the What’s App competition team group. If you are not currently a part of this group and want to join, download the What’s App app and then send a message to Matthew Chun on 0418 107 533.

The first event we will be aiming for is the State Endurance Titles on Sat 11th November at Half Moon Bay. See calendar for details.

Ski Paddling

We are very excited to offer ski paddling during these sessions at Sandridge.

Sessions will be run by Peak Adventure with head coach Jarad Kohlar. Peak Adventure have been running ski paddling courses, coaching and sessions for over a decade from Sandridge LSC. This will be offered to older teenagers up to nipper parents and will cost $10 which is half price. This will give you access to a $3000+ ski, paddle and PFD. Skis suiting all levels will be available – from the most stable to the superfast (and much less stable). Sessions will concentrate on safety and basic techniques until participants get the confidence and skills to venture further out from shore.

There will be a BBQ at the completion of the session. Helpers will be required – a good way to help if you won’t be getting in the water.

Hope to see as many as possible there! Go the Haven!!

For further information on these training sessions, please contact:
Chloe Hardman
FSLSC Board and Ski Captain
[email protected]

VSRL Surf Boat Youth Development Camp

The Victorian Surf Rowers League is proud to present the inaugural VSRL Surf Boat Youth Development Camp to be held at Anglesea SLSC on 6-8 October.

We would like to invite all male and female rowers and aspiring rowers between ages 15 and 23 and their sweeps and aspiring sweeps to attend. No rowing experience is necessary and you do not need a whole crew to attend.

The aim of the camp is to introduce new clubs, rowers and sweeps to the sport, whilst also providing a social and learning opportunity for those U19 and U23 rowers and sweeps that are already rowing. The camp aims to promote cameraderie and build on the required skills for surf boat rowing.

If you are interested, please contact Shayne Lee – [email protected] or look for VSRL on Facebook.

As summer approaches, emailed club newsletters will become a little more regular to provide you with all the information and updates you need for everything happening at Fairhaven SLSC this year.

If you have any queries relevant to a particular person or area of the club, a full list of Office Bearers and contact details can be found here.

Best wishes,

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC