Newsletter – September 30, 2020

Dear Members,

With Victoria starting to emerge from our COVID slumber, we wanted to update our members on where the club is at regarding planning for the Summer.

We trust that our local and regional Victorian members are enjoying the reduction in restrictions and that our Metropolitan Melbourne members won’t be too far behind.

The summer will look a bit different at Fairhaven SLSC – that much is certain – but we are confident that we have the members, the skills and the resolve to adapt, optimize and enjoy!

The club is strongly committed to providing a COVID safe environment to all its members this summer.

In an open environment like a beach and a Surf Club, compliance will not always be simple. We merely ask that every member plays their part and abides by the guidelines communicated.

Membership

All members should have received a membership renewal email by now. For those that have already renewed, we are grateful for your commitment and support of the club.

For those that have yet to renew, please do so when you get a chance.

The Club is reliant on membership revenue as a significant portion of our annual income. As always, we are grateful to all our financial members.

If you cannot find your member renewal email – please contact: [email protected] or [email protected].

COVID Planning

LSV have undergone an extensive COVID Planning process to provide individual clubs with a COVID Safe Plan template.

Clubs then are required to formulate plans to ensure all Club activities are conducted in a COVID Safe manner within the requirements set by the State Government.

These plans need to be approved by LSV prior to implementation and the process is ongoing and fluid.

In each area of Club life, LSV have developed plans with 4 possible scenarios. Scenario A being “COVID Normal” and Scenario D being “Emergency Response Only/ No Activity”.

These scenarios will be adjusted as per State Government advice and it would be nice to think we could reach COVID Normal in most areas of club life by Christmas!

All members in elected positions at the club are taking on an added layer of responsibility and complexity this summer and I thank them for their diligence and commitment.

In particular, I wish to thank our COVID Safe Co-ordinators:

  • Alex Buckley
  • Alex Schwarcz
  • Julia Clarke

With additional help from Fergus Orr and Alex Wright as well as the general Committee, we are in the process of development of the Fairhaven SLSC COVID Safe Plan – with the hope that this will be completed by mid-November.

Season Planning – as at October 1

Lifesaving Operations

Patrols and lifesaving operations will undoubtedly look a little different this season with some modifications to be made to ensure COVID Safety for all.

LSV has released four potential patrol scenarios for this season, ranging from an emergency response only patrol (which occurred over Easter) through to “COVID normal” patrols which would look quite similar to a usual Summer.

We are planning for each possibility and will do our best to ensure that Fairhaven beach remains as safe as we can make it for the upcoming season.

The operations team will be in contact with our patrolling members and FALCON teams with more information about this season once everything is finalized.

Maddy Green
VP Lifesaving Operations

Training and Assessment – Key Updates

    • Training will be significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic this season. Unfortunately, this means that we are unable to host our annual Lifesaving Camp for Bronze Medallion and Advanced Award candidates. The training team are sad to miss camp, however we are in the process of finding alternative ways to deliver our training programs and find social opportunities for our participants.
    • The biggest change to training will be group size. LSV guidelines state that training must occur in groups of up to 12 participants or less across all courses.
    • Most courses will include some online learning as well as practical sessions.
    • We are putting together a calendar with all of our usual awards (SRC, Bronze Medallion, First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation, IRBC and IRBD), which will be announced in the coming weeks.
    • Emails will be sent to each relevant age group once applications for each program are released (e.g. people who completed U13s Nippers in 2019-2020 will receive an email to apply for SRC this coming season).
    • Let us know if you have any questions! Contact the training team at [email protected] or Eve Lardner (VP Training and Assessment) [email protected].

Skills Maintenance – Key Updates

  • Skills maintenance sessions will be held for groups of up to 12 participants at this stage.
  • A larger proportion of the content will be assessed online before attending the practical.
  • Online theory tests must be completed for the following awards before attending practical sessions:
    • SRC
    • Bronze Medallion
    • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
    • IRB Crew
    • IRB Driver
  • Practical tests must be completed for the following awards:
    • SRC
    • Bronze Medallion
    • Advanced Resuscitation Techniques
  • There is no practical skills maintenance test for IRB awards (online test only). IRB Drivers must ensure their boat license is current for the season. Once the online test has been completed, IRB award expiries will be extended to 31st Dec 2021.
  • Gold Medallion holders do not need to requalify their award this season and will have their qualifications automatically extended to 31st Dec 2021 once they have completed a Bronze Medallion skills maintenance course.
  • Priority access to Fairhaven skills maintenance sessions will be given to current lifeguards, patrol FALCON members, and those who are unable to travel to LSV state-run skills maintenance sessions.
  • We highly encourage Melbourne-based members to book into LSV state-run skills maintenance sessions early in the season to guarantee their skills maintenance. lsv.com.au/clubs-members/volunteer-training/skills-maintenance/.
  • Further information about Fairhaven’s skills maintenance sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

Eve Lardner
VP Training and Assessment

Facilities

In regard to our facilities (Clubrooms & Yarringa Road Bunkhouse), the operations will vary depending on which scenario (A, B, C or D) Life Saving Victoria determine most appropriate. In summary:

  • Bathrooms and changerooms will remain open in a limited capacity.
  • Bunkrooms (at Yarringa Road) will remain closed subject to further advice.
  • The gym should open shortly but will be subject to restrictions on number of users and physical distancing requirements.
  • Operational and equipment storage areas will likely remain open but subject to restrictions on numbers of users and physical distancing requirements.
  • The cleaning undertaken at our facilities will be supported by additional supplies while PPE has and will continue to be supplied by LSV.
  • Increased signage and hand hygiene will be introduced throughout all facilities.
  • Contract tracing will be an aspect of all scenarios.
  • As with the aforementioned areas of the club, our main clubroom including the Sunset Bar (indoors and outdoors) will be subject to a maximum capacity of users with a focus on physical distancing requirements. It will be mandatory that all members and guests sign in upon arrival with access limited to the main entry door.

Mark Scotland
VP Facilities

Nippers

With regard to the nipper season, whilst many aspects remain uncertain, we are hoping and planning for the following:

  • A modified Xmas Nipper program with dates as follows (see website).
  • Assuming the State Government roadmap to recovery stays on track, we plan to open Nipper registrations on November 1.
  • Some program modifications will need to happen. This may include limits to group numbers, zoned beach areas, physical distancing and possible changes to kiosk/BBQ and merchandise arrangements.
  • As the club develops its COVID Safe Plan in conjunction with LSV, we will keep you abreast of updates and information as soon as we can.
  • Our after school/local Nippers program has been postponed for Term 4 and will be reviewed in 2021.

We would be grateful if you would consider renewing your family registration with a view to Nippers registration opening in early November.

Kirstin Charlesworth
VP Junior Activities

Membership & Leadership Development

We expect to continue with as many programs and events as possible although some of these may be significantly modified or postponed.

We expect to run a modified Under 15s program and will keep you updated on what this will look like as we receive information from LSV.

Pink Patrol will go ahead pending any patrol modifications advised by LSV. This may mean pushing back to the back half of the patrol season.

The Annual Ladies Luncheon being a large event will most likely be postponed however, we will keep everyone updated when we have more information on event capacities closer to the time.

Other M&LD events such as Young Members Drinks will go ahead where possible but are also likely to be postponed until later in the season.

LSV M&LD programs are continuing in a mostly online format with majority of development camps being cancelled. We will pass on any updates from LSV in this area as well as any national M&LD opportunities.

Keep your eye out for the regular online leadership/ networking sessions for Female Leadership Network and Blue Connections run by LSV.

Laura Buckley
VP Member and Leadership Development

Sports

From an Aquatic Sport perspective, the LSV COVIDSafe Plan contains information relevant to Aquatic Sport from now until March 2021. Included is a roadmap for all Aquatic Sport activities, for example ‘LSV-led state-wide competition’ and ‘club-led competition & training’, as well as ‘officials & coaches courses’ and ‘LSV state teams’.   For each activity, there is a recovery scenario table, with up to four possible scenarios we are working to.

While we do have something to strive for this season, LSV will not be conducting any LSV-led state-wide carnivals up until 31 December 2020.

LSV are planning to support clubs to deliver training and local/inter-club carnivals in a COVIDSafe manner and within the Government guidelines regarding restrictions. LSV will continually review the opportunity to deliver state-wide carnivals from 1 January.

From a Fairhaven perspective, for our senior team, Chloe and James will endeavour to hold some training sessions. We are hopeful that we can hold mini-carnivals at for example Altona Beach to allow for some albeit low key competition.

Chloe and her boys will be participating in the Virtual Coolangatta Gold between October 16-25. You can join in too if you live near the beach, or even if you just want to do a 5.5km run (half course run distance). Entry is free and you get a high viz vest included (free postage). You simply complete one or all of the half or full course legs, then upload your results to social media. No prizes, just bragging rights and a very cool high viz vest! Click on the link below.

We look forward to seeing you on the beach and in the water when COVID is at a manageable level.

Chloe Hardman
VP Sports

Tim Gates Fun Run

As it is unlikely that we will be able to hold a massed sporting event like this in its traditional format and date, we have decided to run a Virtual Event for this year’s Fun Run.

This allows us to maintain a great Fairhaven tradition as well as supporting the Tim Gates Foundation which does such a great job of supporting Fairhaven SLSC and its members.

We will have the traditional fun run T shirts available as well as some social media initiatives to help make this unique event memorable.

Once again, thanks to Marty Maher and Great Ocean Properties for continuing to support the event and we also welcome a new sponsor – Border Express – who are helping us out with delivery of t-shirts where required. Thanks to Chief Commercial Officer – Mark Luff for his support.

We will maintain ongoing consideration of COVID restrictions which will inform if we can possibly host any elements of the Fun Run at Fairhaven SLSC.

More details to follow soon.

Gymnasium

Under current LSV guidelines, the Fairhaven SLSC Gym remains closed for the time being. We will notify members as soon as we are able to open it.

We are committed to communicating with our members in a timely way – especially with the rate of change that we are likely to be dealing with before Christmas!

Please forward this newsletter to other household members as we often only have one email address for family groups.

Much appreciated – stay safe – and we look forward to seeing you all at the Haven very soon.

Darren West
President – Fairhaven SLSC