Community Education Program of the Year – SLSA Awards of Excellence
Multiple programs, Central Coast Branch, NSW
SLSCC delivered three student programs in the 2016/17 year; the Surf Fun Day to 3,741 students; Surf Survival Program to 193 students; and Inclusive Support Units Program to 39 students. Beach smart talks also reached 19,924 primary school students from 50 primary schools. The Central Coast Branch has been delivering community education programs since 1999, reaching thousands of school students in their efforts to help keep them safe while at the beach. The phenomenal growth each season is a testament to the passion and dedication of all involved.
Seahorse Nipper Program, Wide Bay Capricorn Branch, QLD
Elliott Heads, Moore Park and Bundaberg SLSC’s have been working together to deliver the inaugural Seahorse Nipper Program for children with disabilities. There were 16 children in the program, and 40 members from the three clubs who took on various roles. The feedback received post-program showed it was highly successful and it is envisaged that via word of mouth the next program will see an increase in applications. Providing the opportunity for children to experience this type of activity was overwhelmingly positive and brought a profound sense of inclusiveness to the community.
On the Same Wave Program, West Beach SLSC, SA
On the Same Wave is a SLSSA development program which works with people from all backgrounds, focusing on youth with a CALD background and those from indigenous communities. West Beach SLSC has been involved with this program since its creation in 2007 and aims to teach participants the necessary skills to prevent and/or save a life in the water and away from the beach. The program saw five members from Iran, China and Chile complete their Bronze Medallion. Eight members from the Republic of Congo completed the Radio and Resuscitation awards, whilst attending swimming lessons to complete the bronze next season.
Beach 2 Beach Swim, Kingston Beach SLSC, TAS
The Beach 2 Beach Ocean swim celebrated its sixth year, organised by Kingston Beach SLSC as part of the Tasmanian Ocean Swim Series. The swim event showcases the club and promotes healthy lifestyles, providing visual evidence to the local community of the roles that lifesavers play. The 2.6km swim event was organised due to the lack of local endurance events, with the aim to provide an exciting and challenging finale to the Tasmanian Ocean Swim Series. Highlights for the event included record numbers for participation along with increased interstate participation rates for the 2017 Beach 2 Beach swim.