Hampton Life Saving Club Newsletter
      February 2022
In this issue:
  • HLSC shines in Starfish video
  • A surprise from the club's past
  • Open water swim opportunities
  • Important Nippers reminders
  • Swim teacher and lifeguard opportunities
  • Updates on a big month of events!
Magic on the Beach: Welcome to Starfish Nippers
Thanks to a generous grant from The Portland House Foundation, Hampton Starfish Nippers was able to work with an incredible video director and camera team (including a drone and GoPro shots by our own WSO, Graeme D) to create awareness for this beautiful program.

Months and months of planning culminated in a day that brought perfect weather and water conditions, as well as huge smiles from so many of our Starfish, mentors and families. The video perfectly captures the joy we get to experience every week, and we are grateful to our participants, the club and the community for helping us share this program with more families and clubs.

Please help us get the word out. Post the link to your own social networks and share it far and wide!

In other news, a warm welcome to our two new Starfish, Tommy and Patrick. It is great to see you smiling, learning and having fun amongst your team mates. The whole Starfish crew have been enjoying swimming, diving and board paddling, as well as the challenge of sliding down our new slide (also funded by The Portland House Foundationthank you!) And the blue team have been extending themselves with learning lifesaving signals and improving their swimming and rescue skillswell done!

Let's hope the warm weather holds out for the remainder of the season. See you soon on the beach,
Kerrie Curtis, Starfish Manager
Three sessions into part two of our NIppers season and we have been lucky to have fantastic weather. There has been lots of laughter at each session and I have been super impressed with our younger age groups for getting out of their comfort zones to try new things in the water and on the beach.

Our inaugral Green Patrol was held 12th February, and the wonderful Matt from Marine Mammal Foundation was amazing in talking to the Nippers about marine animals and how to look after the environment.

One reminder: Please continue to check TeamApp for all Nipper related announcements.

And a Public Service Announcement: All children must be signed in and out of Nippers. Please do not take your child without letting the age group manager know. We get really worried when we can't locate a child.

Kirsten Cleland, Director of Junior Activities
Last Saturday, our coaches ran a fun and varied open water swimming session and we were delighted to have 15 people join us ranging in ages from 10 to.....well, let's just say middle-aged PLUS!

Our junior coaches ran another session on Saturday prior to Nippers, and hope to have more swims coming up. Watch Team App for details. We break up the group based on ability, ambition and confidence, but as long as you can swim 25m, you will be strong enough to join in and get something out of it.

If your child needs to develop more confidence in the water, if you are sick of your kids swimming past you, or if you are wondering whether you could get out to the can, come along and try in a supportive and fun environment!

Sophie Pratt and Luke Henry, Open Water Swimming Coordinators
A recent patrol team had a visitor drop by with an amazing offering for the club. Ron Elliott had come across his grandparents' life member medals and stopped in to donate them to the HLSC. Henry Elliott was one of our earliest life medal recipients, being honoured in 1919, with his wife Henrietta receiving her medal in 1925. Thank you to Ron and the Elliott family for this generous, thoughtful giftan important piece of our history.
Prior to 1980, women weren't deemed strong enough to perform rescues in surf, so they weren't allowed to get their Bronze Medallions or patrol our beaches! And getting the first all-female IRB team took another 11 years!

41 years ago, those rules changed. Since then, lifesaving in Victoria has progressed to having the best record of gender participation (50:50) in comparison to other emergency services.

Last Saturday marked the statewide day for Pink Patrolan opportunity to celebrate the path towards gender equity and the contributions of girls and women to lifesaving.

This year the celebration was a little different as we needed to keep our activities outdoors. But that didn't worry us at Hampton, we still had lots in store. We asked active patrolling women from neighbouring clubs, local MPs and Veronica Croaker, a long-term member who was a Nipper and Junior member back in the 1940s to join us!

In addition, our Pink Patrol was led by Jas Lawrence as Patrol Captain. Event coordinators Mia Osler and Sophie Pratt welcomed everyone, and we enjoyed a coached surf swim for all ages and abilities, and rescue demonstrations by all-female crews at Nippers.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the beach!
Mia Osler, Sophie Pratt and Sam Dwyer
We have two lots of Club Championships leading us towards the end of the seasonone weekend we have our Lifesaving Events Club Championships (for U10 to U14), with our Sport Events Club Championships the following week (for U6 to U14).
U10 to U14 only. (U6 to U9 will have a normal Nippers program)
  • For U10, the Live Patient Assessment (LPA) event contributes as one event towards the overall Club Championships.
  • For U11 to U14, the LPA and CPR event scores are combined to find the Lifesaving Club Champion. The overall Club Champion for each age group is the person who gets the best averaged score across lifesaving and sport events. 50% of the score comes from lifesaving events and 50% of the overall score comes from sport events.
Please note early arrival times on 5th March:
  • U10s at 2pm: Optional start at 2pm for Live Patient Assessment, followed by the usual Nippers program. Those not participating can commence Nippers as usual at 3pm.
  • U11s at 1:30pm: Start at 1:30pm for CPR followed by Live Patient Assessment and then the usual Nippers Program.
  • U12s at 2pm: Start Nippers program at 2pm with Live Patient Assessment at 3pm, followed by CPR
  • U13s and U14s: Start Nippers program at 2pm with CPR assessment at 3pm, followed by LPA

This is run for all age groups, with Nippers having the opportunity to participate in a range of lifesaving sport events relevant to their age groups. More information will be circulated about these closer to the date.

Sam Dwyer, Coordinator Lifesaving Club Champs
A new SRC and avid patroller, Josh L recently attended LSV's 2022 Champion Junior Lifesaver Development Day, which also featured our own Samuel Marcus among the leaders. Josh had this to say:

"The day was tonnes of fun. I met new people from different clubs and we went through lots of scenarios, visited the LSV comms room, and saw all of the equipment like the helicopter, drones and jet skis. The highlight for me was the Westpac helicopter coming to visit and landing outside of LSV
—the propellers move really fast. We also got to see how LSV uses the helicopter to rescue people. The drones are hugemuch bigger than I thought! And the comms room was really awesome with live feeds from the helicopter and drones."

"The day was really inspiring, I would love to get involved in comms and more involved in lifesaving."

Watch Team App for opportunities to get involved with LSV development opportunities.

February 12th saw Hampton running our inaugural Green Patrol to highlight the importance of ocean and beach conservation. Thank you to Carol Lawrence for organising the day and Michael Pratt for obtaining giveaways from Adreno. We had a great day with the Marine Mammal Foundation (awesome work Matt) and visits from our patron Tim Wilson MP, Zoe Daniels from the Bayside Climate Crisis Action Group, and Emma Atkins from LSV.

Emma was so impressed that she plans to get LSV to adopt this themed patrol as a statewide event. Go Hampton, leading the way again!

A huge shout out to our snorkel patrol of Luke Henry, Liam Higgins, Sophie Pratt, and Mia and Alice Osler for doing a litter collection in the bayfantastic work! Also, a big thanks to Adreno for donating mesh bags and dry bags for the event.

Saturday February 19th was our Pink Patrol, thanks to Sophie Pratt, Mia Osler and Sam Dwyer for organising a day of fun and activities to recognise female volunteers in the lifesaving movement. Stay tuned for updates. We also have a bunch of guests visiting us then too. And Sunday February 20th brought back our youth satellite patrol, thanks to the efforts of Samuel Marcus and many of our up-and-coming lifesavers.

We should still all enjoy the beach and club activities, but remember to keep the covid risk as low as possible. If you do feel unwell, please stay homeif you are a patroller, simply let Jesse know and we will organise a replacement. Communication works!

Let’s continue with a great season. See you on the beach!
Best wishes,
Andy Lawrence, President


The aquatics services coordinator for the soon-to-open Danny Frawley Centre Swim School has contacted us, as he is looking to staff up the new facility with lifeguards and swim teachers.
The new centre is located at the Moorabbin Reserve/St. Kilda Football Club training ground.

Learn more and apply:
Swim teacher openings
Lifeguard openings


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