Community Education Program of the Year
Albatross Nippers – Nobby’s Beach SLSC, Tallebudgera SLSC and Southport SLSC, QLD
The Albatross Nippers program provides an opportunity for young people with special needs to participate in the regular Sunday Nippers program. This year the inclusive program continued to achieve goals with members of the Albatross Nippers participating in the March Past at the 2019 SLSQ Youth Championships – a first in QLD’s 50 years of Nippers. The program has spread to other clubs and areas including the inaugural Albatross Nippers Christmas Beach Bash at Streets Beach, Southbank. The program was acknowledged as ‘Winner 2019 Volunteering Gold Coast Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year’.
Christ Church Grammar School Surf Life Saving Cadet Unit – North Cottesloe SLSC, WA
This program elevates service learning as a priority by introducing students at Christ Church Grammar School to the Surf Life Saving movement and providing young men with a structured pathway to become active members of a local Surf Life Saving club. The Christ Church Surf Life Saving Cadet Unit provides an opportunity for students to attain their Bronze Medallion or Surf Rescue Certificate, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to operate effectively in a team and as a first responder in an emergency. The program has produced real-life rescuers and supports local swimming-related programs requiring lifesaver support. The highly respected partnership between the school and North Cottesloe SLSC unites experience, community connection and youth.
Lifesavers Without Limits – Kingston Beach SLSC, TAS
Having successfully run summer holiday beach and water safety programs for newly arrived refugee families in the past and priding themselves on being an inclusive club, Kingston Beach SLSC developed “Lifesavers Without Limits” designed to provide Surf Life Saving education to youth/young adults aged 16-25 years from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Working closely with the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania, the club was able to support two boys via flexible learning arrangements and one-on-one support to achieve their CPR award and be community volunteers as part of the club’s patrol team.
Community and Diversity Program – Henley SLSC, SA
The creation of an all-encompassing management group overseeing the Community and Diversity Program at Henley SLSC highlights the club’s passion to engage with all members of the community by addressing disability, accessibility, and multicultural and indigenous needs. A significant element of the program was the establishment of Snippers, a nine-week program for nippers with a disability including a twilight carnival. This resulted in positive outcomes for participants, their families, club volunteers and program sponsors. The implementation of the accessible beaches program as well as the continuation and development of various multicultural beach safety programs were also successes within the program.
Maroubra Marlins – Maroubra SLSC, NSW
The Maroubra Marlins was born from the desire to give everyone in the community, including children and young people aged 6-21 with additional needs and different abilities, an opportunity to be part of the Surf Life Saving movement. The club identified a gap in this part of community education and decided to revitalise a former ‘special nippers program’ to become the Maroubra Marlins, a stronger and extremely rewarding Sunday morning community program with 18 ‘special needs’ participants. Many club members have become involved, eager to assist. Community programs such as the “Rainbow Club” and “Creative Kids” are happy to promote the program, and many new families are thrilled to be part of the surf lifesaving community.
Innovation of the Year
Iron Ocean Series, Burnie SLSC, TAS
During the 2018/19 season an exciting innovative program “Iron Ocean Series” was introduced by Shane Askew and Russell Harland to encourage young girls and boys to exercise and experience surf conditions in a safe environment. The objective is to not only to race, but to have fun, to train hard and to make new friends. The series, including one ocean swim and three ironman rounds, was held at Penguin and Burnie SLSCs attracting competitors from Launceston, Port Sorell, Devonport, Ulverstone and Burnie. Dedicated planning to create age-appropriate circuits for the U10 to U17 competitors and market the series via a new website, logo and social media forums, resulted in overwhelming positive feedback about the innovation. Trophies were presented to Iron Ocean Series winners thanks to Government and local businesses. The Club looks to expand the idea with other clubs in the future.
Albatross Nippers March Past Team, Nobby’s Beach SLSC, QLD
Since creation in 2015 by Nick Marshall, the Albatross March Past Team program has been a goal of the Club, allowing children with special needs to take part in all Nipper activities. Extensive, specialised planning was required. Gathering participants, recruiting and instructing volunteers and coaches, organising training, sourcing special equipment and uniforms, all with the goal of participating in the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships. Many of the community and Clubs displayed great collaboration and it demonstrated the Club’s key strategy of being ‘Committed to our Community and Connected to our People’. Younger lifesavers developed leadership skills for the future. The Club welcomed new members, and the introduction of children with special needs in the March Past Team proved a fitting addition to the Club’s 50th Anniversary.
Event Management APP, West Beach SLSC, SA
Peter Zuill has worked tirelessly to implement his event management application and develop its use for the widespread betterment of delivery and execution of surf sports carnivals. The app has been designed for mobile devices to hold entry lists, draw heats, semis and finals, marshal competitors, capture, record and present results. This has resulted in moving from a labour-intensive system to a paperless operation, allowing all spectators and followers to view live results online. During the 2018/19 season, the app and new technology was used in all Senior Carnivals, and modification and changes to suit feedback ensured a constant state of readiness to operate simply and accurately.
Joint Operations Search and Rescue, Far South Coast Branch SLS, NSW
During the 2018/19 season, the Far South Coast Support Operations team adopted an innovative approach to developing collaborative joint operations capabilities with other Emergency Services Organisations to enhance search and rescue capabilities. Bermagui SLSC and Marine Rescue trialled a joint operations capability, devising a method of loading IRBs on board Marine Rescue vessels to provide transport to incidents. Drone operations are new within the Far South Coast Support Operations group. The group is being proactive in finding innovative ways to increase their use in remote coastlines and rough seas. Further testing resulted when the Group joined NSW Police and SES in searches. This has positioned the Far South Coast Branch as a collaborative partner in the emergency services space. This innovative approach relies on research, collaboration, risk assessment and agreed procedures. Communications are also a critical success factor, with numerous positive results in Surf Life Saving and the wider community.