Proprietary Communications Application, Venus Bay SLSC – LSV
The Venus Bay Proprietary Communications Application is a digital membership and communications resource. Designed as a communication tool for the Club to convey messages to members, the user has the capacity to call LSV Communications Centre directly from within the app and has access to the Club’s Surf camera. The application addresses five key criteria.
- Risk Management – noting membership and Working With Children Check (WWCC) status.
- Communication – direct communication to members which can be filtered into categories.
- COVID Compliance – integration into the TryBooking app enabling the club to arrange events and maintain social distancing numbers.
- Emergency – Direct link to call LSV Communications Centre, and
- Surfcam – access to the club’s surf camera
The implementation of the app has delivered outstanding results, providing an effective yet simple risk management solution around WWCC and membership compliance and efficient communication. The digital membership card is also utilised as a ‘discount coupon’ with local businesses, drawing interest from club sponsors keen to further integrate their brand with the Club and community.
Learn to Surf (LTS) Program, Sandon Point SLSC – NSW
The Learn To Surf program commenced in the 2019 season. The objective was to provide members with a fun alternative stream of surf sports that encouraged surf education, ocean knowledge, development of surf skills and physical fitness. Partnering with Sandon Point Boardriders Club, Sandon run sessions free of charge on Sunday mornings before Nippers, providing water safety by appropriately qualified Club members. Participants vary in age from U6’s to U15’s, with numbers ranging from 10-25 per session. The Club provides Softboards used for the program.
Part of the motivation behind the program was to retain youth members beyond Nippers to bolster patrol numbers and encourage further redevelopment of surf skills into young adulthood. LTS also offers an alternative competitive surf sports option. Members are actively encouraged to compete in Branch surf boardriding events as well as Sandon Point Boardriders Club. The cumulative impacts of LTS combined with other SLS training activities are more highly trained and skilled members, increased patrol numbers and a safer patrol environment from which all beachgoers benefit.
International Women’s Day Patrol, Point Danger Branch – QLD
In line with International Women’s Day celebrations and in conjunction with 40 years of women in lifesaving, the SLSQ Point Danger Branch clubs came together for the inaugural “International Women’s Day Patrol” for the morning of Sunday 7 March 2021.
Through this display and open day, it was hoped to increase female membership from the current 43%.
The coastline from Tallebudgera to Rainbow Bay required a minimum of 33 patrolling members covering all awards. The numbers calculated seemed simple enough, but the thought of only female members on patrol challenged the way some clubs thought. It made some clubs reassess the awards held by their female membership to ensure that each patrol had the awards needed for full patrol coverage.
SLSQ rostered female Duty Officer, Surfcom Operator and Waverunner operators to truly extend the female coverage. The day was a huge success with 124 females rostered onto the Point Danger Branch beach patrols. This is in addition to the female Operational Support members.
This event was so successful that a further date for the next “”International Women’s Day Patrol”” has already been scheduled into the Point Danger Branch Calendar for Sunday 6 March 2022.”
IRB Motor Lift, Semaphore SLSC – SA
Semaphore IRB Coordinator, Ian Robbins, saw the challenges that IRB crew’s and club volunteers faced with having to set up and pack down IRB’s, and in particular with the safety and efficiencies of current IRB motor processes. Given the weight and size of an IRB motor, and the risk of injury, Ian began construction of an IRB Motor Lift.
As the name suggests, it is a tool to assist with the safe lifting of IRB motors either onto or off of an IRB. This innovation not only ensures work, health and safety compliance but also allows the motor to be easily moved around for storage or maintenance.
Sisters in Surf, Boat Harbour Beach SLSC – TAS
The Sisters in the Surf initiative by Boat Harbour Beach was an all-female patrol at the start of the season to celebrate 40 years of women in surf lifesaving. What started as an idea for one club soon gained momentum for a statewide celebration. On the day 70% of Tasmanian clubs had an all-female patrol on the beach and over 100 female members patrolling over the period of the day. Individual clubs took the opportunity to recognise and celebrate women in surf lifesaving, including members with 30 years long service, three generations of women in the one surf lifesaving club, and a spread of morning teas with past and present members of clubs.
This day recognised the equality that has developed over the last 40 years, allowing those to reflect and see how far surf lifesaving has come but also how much further we have to go. Feedback received after the day showed that everyone at the beach enjoyed celebrating this fantastic occasion, which gave encouragement and motivation to being a part of a developing and iconic movement which is surf lifesaving.