Training and Assessment FAQs

Q: How experienced are Fairhaven’s Instructors?

A: Fairhaven has a large group of instructors with a range of experiences.
All our instructors are senior Lifesavers, with most of them fulfilling Captain and Vice-Captain roles on our Patrol teams, and many of them holding advanced Lifesaving awards.
Many of our Instructors have attended State and National Leadership Development conferences and have many seasons of experience of instructing lifesaving programs.
The programmes have been developed with hours of input from our instruction team and State and National instruction leaders.

Q: Do I need prior experience to participate?

A: For the SRC, Bronze Medallion and First Aid courses, no prior experience is required and we are always
encouraging those new to lifesaving to come and join these courses.
More advanced awards such as Spinal Management, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and the IRB awards build upon the skills learnt in the Bronze to further upskill members and lifesavers on the beach.

Q: Do I need to purchase a uniform before the squads?

A: No. Fairhaven provides all necessary patrolling equipment. For the squads you will need bathers and appropriate beach clothing (we will provide a t-shirt).  Whilst not compulsory, we highly recommend a wetsuit. When patrolling you will be expected to wear either Fairhaven or SLSA bathers, which are available from Fairhaven’s clothing range.

Q: What are the supervision arrangements for the Squads and Residential Programmes?

A: In the water, Fairhaven always exceeds the minimum guidelines for safe management of squads in terms of safe instructor:candidate ratios.
Fairhaven will always ensure senior experienced lifesavers are present in the water with candidates.
Fairhaven will not put candidates into unsafe surf conditions.

Q: What accommodation options are available for Fairhaven’s squads?

A: For the Pre-Christmas squad, accommodation will be provided at the Bunkhouse and at Angahook Holiday Camp. For all other squads, accommodation is the responsibility of the candidate.
The Bunkhouse will be available, though priority goes to patrolling members. Please contact Dave Maher to organise use of the Bunkhouse.