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Hampton Life Saving Club Newsletter
      December 2021
In this issue:
  • December Bronze and SRC camp details
  • Nippers and Starfish pix!
  • Notes from U18 development camp
  • How to join the competition squad
  • Volunteer opportunities (HLSC needs you!)
  • And more!
NIPPERS IS BACK AND BRINGING THE FUN!
A really big welcome to all new Hampton familiesI look forward to getting to know you and your Nippers on the beach!

After another disrupted and locked-down year, we've now had two glorious Melbourne spring days, with the sun shining and a breeze keeping the temperatures down. It was fantastic to see so many new and returning Nippers participating in beach and water activities. Fingers crossed the weather continues to be kind to us and we have a 'crack-a-lacking' season.

Important note to parents: Please ensure that you check your Nipper in and out of their age group each session and, if you are leaving early, let the Age Manager know.
Kirsten Cleland, Director of Junior Activities
STARFISH ARE FULL OF SMILES
It was amazing to see all of our Starfish back on the beach this year, along with a few new faces among the participants and mentors! We have such an incredibly exciting program in store for everyone.

This coming weekend will be especially fun! We'll be shooting a video during the program, thanks to a generous grant from The Portland House Foundation. The goal? To encourage more families and clubs to get involved with the joy that Starfish brings to everyone it touches!

If you haven't seen my emails regarding the video, or if you have any questions, let me know! Go Starfish!
Kerrie Curtis, Starfish Manager
starfish@hlsc.org.au
Jas Lawrence wrapping up requal 2021
DECEMBER BRONZE AND SRC CAMPS
Camp is a great way to make friends and have fun while learning and gaining a qualification. Sign up for for Bronze Medallion/Surf Rescue Certificate the week before Christmas (Saturday through Wednesday).
 
Bronze Medallion:
  • Age 15+ by 22nd February 2022 (including current SRCs stepping up to Bronze) 
  • On-site 18-22 December (plus 17th December shown in the portal for at-home online learning)
Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC):
  • Age 13+ by 22nd February 2022
  • On-site 18, 19, 21, 22  December (day off 20th December for at-home online learning)
More details and sign-up:
  • $50 per person for catering. We can cater for dietary requirements, just let us know. Pay via the Team App Store or bring cash on the first day. 
  • High-vis rashie required. You can purchase from Team App or wear your own.
  • Register via LSV Member Training site using the participant's login. If you need help locating children's user names, email me at training@hlsc.org.au 
  • Under "find a new course," scroll to the SRC or BM camp and click the blue Enrol button to get started.
Any questions or trouble registering? Email me at training@hlsc.org.au.
Jas Lawrence, Chief Instructor
NEW PATROL SHIRTS
Thanks to everyone who collected their new patrol shirt this past weekend at requal. 

If you patrolled last season and are yet to collect one, please contact me at lifesaving@hlsc.org.au to organise a time. Ampol, our newest sponsor, kindly donated new shirts to patrolling members this season. 

If you would like to donate your old patrol shirt back to LSV so they can go across to lifesavers in Sri Lanka, there will be a box in the patrol room to leave your shirt. Don't worry about the condition, they are happy with any and all donated shirts!
Jesse Tammesild, Director of Lifesaving Operations
COMPETITION IS BACK!
The season has kicked off in earnest with carnivals at Elwood, Point Leo, Mt. Martha and Ocean Grove being run and won.

The teams are smaller this year, due to a ramp up into sport post lockdown, plus the end of a very tiring year. But we are expecting our teams to ramp up into the school and Christmas holidays.

If you are keen to give racing a go, come down to the club at 5pm on a Thursday or 10:15am on a Sunday and have a go at training.

See you on the beach!
Michael Pratt, Director of Sport
SOPHIE PRATT REPORTS ON U18 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CAMP
Recently, Luke Henry, Liam Higgins and I were fortunate enough to attend the LSV Under 18 Leadership Development Camp. We spent the weekend at Mt. Eliza with other emerging leaders from across Victoria. After team building on Friday evening, we launched into our first activity on Saturday'Building a Life Saving Club'. During this we allocated board roles to our group members, learnt the importance of budgeting and had a meeting with other groups to discuss how we ran our respective clubs. This was really interesting as we could compare the priorities and values of different groups and we gained further insight into how clubs were actually run behind the scenes.
 
Next we completed our CPR course, which involved practical and theory elements. Although it was a bit repetitive (as we have been doing this at our club since U13), it helped give us more structure and new knowledge, as well as an extra qualification under the belt. After this, we moved through to a mentoring and coaching practical activity, where we took turns guiding each other through first aid situations and rescues. Through this we learnt how to give instructions in the most effective and efficient way for young children to understand.
 
On Sunday we finished with a day of 'on patrol' scenario-based training, where we simulated an active patrol and performed rescues. We rotated the roles so everyone could have a go at being the patrol captain. This helped us refine our rescue tactics, which made us all more confident in our skills and ability to lead and work as a team. 
 
Over the whole camp we had many opportunities to lead the group and take control, while also polishing  our lifesaving skills. It helped us become more confident and gave us connections with members our age from other clubs. We are really grateful for this opportunity, as it was an awesome experience and we recommend that everyone give it a go. 
Sophie Pratt, Junior Coach and Patroller
HOW CAN YOU HELP AT HLSC?
First, a big thank you to everyone who has uploaded a vaccination certificate, checked in with a QR code and been patient with us as we work to ensure the health and safety of all of our members.

As you know, everyone involved with the clubfrom the board to the the BBQ—is a volunteer. We've identified a few new areas where we could use some help. None of these would require a lot of time, but we need to spread the effort around. 

Can you help? Please sign up as:
  • Nipper Covid Safety Officer: Making sure that we adhere to the LSV CovidSafe plan. (Role description here. The prep work is done, so it's more about ensuring that QR codes are out, etc.) Contact Kirsten Cleland, Director of Junior Activities.
  • Water Safety Coordinator: Working with Kirsten to ensure that we have adequate water safety rostered for each age group at Nippers. Contact Kirsten Cleland, Director of Junior Activities.
  • Hall Hire Manager: Fielding requests for the club rooms. Contact Helen Partridge, Director of Member Services.
  • Social Manager: Help plan member parties and events (the most fun job at the club). Contact Helen Partridge, Director of Member Services.
  • Book Keeper: Perfect for anyone who doesn't want to get in the water. Contact Don Smith, Director of Finance.
  • Grant Identification: Help the club secure grant funding for new equipment and programs. Contact Don Smith, Director of Finance.
Andrew Hill, Secretary
FROM NIPPERS TO PAID LIFEGUARDS: HLSC'S GOLD MEDALLION TEENS

It’s been fabulous seeing our teenage coaches on the beach at Nippers this season, all having started their careers on the beach as Nippers themselves.

Lifesaving offers multiple opportunities and pathways for its younger members, including advanced lifesaving and coaching qualifications, inclusion on patrol teams and opportunities for paid roles with Life Saving Victoria. Congratulations to Samuel Marcus who just completed his Lifeguard mission and to Luke Henry, Liam Higgins and Michael Garbelotto for earning their Gold Medallion. All four will be working as paid lifeguards on beaches around Victoria this summer.
Sam Dwyer, Emerging Leaders Program

SUNDOWNERS & HALL HIRE

The clubroom upstairs is open after nippers each week from 5pm as an inviting space to unwind, chat with other members and take in the view over a drink or two. We call this 'Sundowners' and we'd love members to use it more! To access, either walk through the roller doors, past the IRB storage area, and to the stairs at the back/left, or use the external stairs and enter via the door at the back of the club.

Also, did you know that we hire out the clubroom on Friday evenings during the lifesaving season?  If you or anyone you know is looking for a venue for an event (not 14-21st birthday parties, though), please get in touch with me via hallhire@hlsc.org.au. Members get a 50% discount on hire rates! During the off-season, the club can be hired on Saturday and Sunday evenings too. So if you're planning a winter event, get in touch.
Helen Partridge, Director of Member Services

BUCKLE UP FOR ANOTHER FUN SEASON!

Isn’t it great to have our Nippers and Starfish programs back in action, thanks to everyone who has made this possible again this year? Also, this weekend has just seen our major skills maintenance (requal) for water safety and patrolling members. Thanks to the training and assessing team for their time. This is a critical annual event to ensure that our members retain currency with their awards.
 
When you come into the club, you will notice the new booths in the main hall and bar fridges in the kitchen. This is part of our push to be welcoming and inclusive, and provide social opportunities to our members year round. Thanks to Helen for being the driving force behind this project. We also recently had a working bee that tidied up all around, replaced the flooring in the gym and got rid of a lot of rubbish that had collected since our last cleanout. Thanks to those members who set aside an entire Saturday so we could get the place in shape again.
 
Finally for now, I would like to give a huge Thank You to Kathryn Parfett and LJ Goudie, who have worked tirelessly these past few weeks in relation to signing up and cross-checking the vaccination status of our members. This is a very time-consuming, but also very important, responsibility. Thanks from all of us.
 
Let’s have a great season. See you on the beach! Best wishes,
Andy Lawrence, President

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