AOE 2020 Innovation of the Year Award Nominees
Beach Safety Awareness Project
Burnie/Penguin SLSC’s, TAS
Delivering beach safety messages to the North West Tasmanian community and its youth was the goal of Burnie and Penguin last season and they achieved just that. The program successfully educates kids with the ‘Live, Learn, Survive’ message and was developed in collaboration with Trent Maxwell and his series ‘Maxi the Lifeguard’. The clubs delivered free beach safety sessions to 180 children across three schools, 200 children from Burnie and Penguin, and over 250 community members not involved in the SLS movement. The outcomes of the initiative included a growth in Nippers members, whilst raising the SLS profile and the renewal of existing Nipper families.
Skills Development Program
Lorne SLSC, VIC
The Skills Development Program was born to develop and maintain the patrolling skills of young SRC graduates who were leaving SLS. These goals were achieved through the development of strong mentor and participant relationships instilling trust and giving them responsibility. Practical sessions including board paddling, CPR, first aid, radio handling and mock patrol scenarios cemented these skills to ensure they were enthusiastic and rescue ready. Lifesaving related games such as a scavenger hunt using SLS related SAR tactics were also implemented to engage the youth. In addition, theory sessions were included to ensure participants could easily identify specific SLS pathways and refine their SRC skills. The program succeeded in cementing member relationships that has led to a stronger retention of SRC’s than in previous years at the club.
Australian Defence Force (ADF) Pilot Bronze Medallion Course
North Bondi, NSW
Former North Bondi President Mark Cotter became aware of the issues ADF members faced transitioning from service to civilian life. Seeking advice from Vet Sports Australia and commissioned Officers at Victoria Barracks, the ADF Pilot Bronze Course was conceived. Trainers, Assessors and Facilitators from North Bondi and Bronte collaborated to focus on identifying participants existing skill sets and emergency response techniques. The course was fast tracked as a result and participants quickly became rescue ready for the beach environment. The impact of the program has been extremely positive for each of the candidates, creating a sense of camaraderie and new networks outside of the ADF. It is envisaged this initiative will help suicide prevention within the veteran community by providing the missing link some ADF members face when leaving the service.
North Queensland Branch, QLD
North Queensland Branch responded promptly to the Covid-19 pandemic, quickly identifying their restrictions in commencing a reduced nipper season. The result was the inception of Nippers On-Line. With clear objectives to create a contactless platform, educate nippers, and engage their families, Nippers On-Line uses resources based on Age Award Guides. Lesson plans were developed to fulfill the objectives of each age award through a blended delivery of ‘At Home’ packs, including passports, activity sheets and workbooks. The resources were researched and drawn from SLSA, SSLQ, RLS, Swim Safe Australia and LSV. Age Managers were engaged and trained with the necessary skills to deliver the program and motivate nippers and their parents to participate. In the first week, over 50 nippers from all five clubs across the NQ Branch were engaged online, in what is traditionally an outdoor activity.