Club of the Year – Surf Life Saving Australia Awards of Excellence
Bermagui SLSC, NSW
Bermagui may be one of the smallest clubs in NSW, but it’s can do attitude has seen it grow and prosper through active recruitment, and engaging patrollers in up-skilling. Over 60% of active patrollers attained at least one additional award during the season. One of the key achievements during 2016-17 included starting a Same Wave Disability program, launching “Patrol Buddies” to bridge the gap between older nippers and patrollers.
Goolwa SLSC, SA
Goolwa SLSC have achieved a lot over the past season, increasing their junior membership growth by 100% with a corresponding flow on to senior membership. The foundation for continual organic growth is demonstrated in the five junior parents that have gained their bronze medallions, with a further squad of parents committed to gaining their bronze in the next season. Significant strides have been taken with the council approving the club house building project, which is a long-term goal for Goolwa SLSC.
Kingston Beach SLSC, TAS
Kingston Beach SLSC is committed to embracing a culture of continuous improvement through their club values of excellence, respect and responsibility. This can be seen with a 66% membership increase since 2014, a true measurable outcome of the club’s culture. The season showed the club successfully implementing the multi-layered strategic approach regarding values within the club. Kingston Beach also performed the most rescues in the state for the season, with significant increases seen in rescue and first aid actions statistics.
Venus Bay SLSC, VIC
Venus Bay SLSC meets unique challenges in providing lifesaving services in a remote environment with a diverse membership base. To rise to these challenges the club runs a continuous improvement program which focuses on growing the club whilst maintaining the ability to provide lifesaving services at a highly hazardous beach. Lifesaving operations have shown a decrease in the number of rescues by 600%, an increase of 17% in total number of hours patrolled and a record number of education based lifesaving awards.
Coogee Beach SLSC, WA
Coogee Beach SLSC demonstrates a culture of continuous improvement in various ways. The club implemented a change of management structure during the 2016/17 season, introducing Vice Presidents for Beach and Club Operations. Coogee Beach recorded the highest average patrol hours per volunteer (30.5) and a record number of patrol members. The club performed better in all competitions than any other year (junior, senior and masters) by finishing higher than any year with more medal winners.
Ellis Beach SLSC, QLD
Ellis Beach SLSC focused on a number of improvement programs throughout the year across all areas of the movement – service, safety, sports and pathways. One of the greatest successes was the major improvements to junior activities, introducing a varied training model based on the skill level, interest and age group. Ellis Beach engaged with the community through regional events, volunteer service and support at a branch level whilst recognising the individual pathways of members.