Hampton Life Saving Club Newsletter
              April 2022
In this issue:
  • Nippers and Starfish wrap!
  • Winter lifesaving/Bronze certification for parents
  • Upcoming Anzac Day and volunteer events
  • Sport and patrol notes
  • And more!
Thank you everyone for an amazing Nipper season. After the last few seasons of lockdowns and a nonexistent summer, it was such a relief to be able to run the Nipper program and only lose one session due to the weather.

Congratulations to all Nippers on their performances at Club Champsit isn't always about coming 1st or 2nd, but about have a go and giving it your best shot. I was so proud of all the Nippers who competedthe numbers were down but the excitement and enjoyment were at an all time high!

Our final Nipper session provided an opportunity to get all the parents up running and swimming. It was amazing for the Nippers to see their mums and dads running down the beach and swimming out to the inflatables. We were blessed with amazing weathermany thanks to Sam Dwyer and the patrollers for setting up and launching the inflatables. We were also very lucky to have the LSV drone team come and provide us with a demonstration of their awesome skills. Thanks again to Sam Dwyer and Darren Stone for making this happen.

Thank you to all the volunteers! I can not run the Nipper program without the help of the wonderful volunteers who showed up each weekend to help set up and pack down the beach, as well as those who were age managers and water safety officers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Looking forward to seeing you on the beach in November 2023!
Kirsten Cleland, Director of Junior Activities
About five years ago, I dropped in to watch coaches Manna Johnson and Therese Hetherington compete in the seniors at the State Champion Lifesaver day. The overall champion was the best over a range of lifesaving sport events, as well as a theory test, live patient assessment and CPR. I felt the championship was a great celebration of accomplishment across the broad range of lifesaving activities and we introduced the events the following season at Hampton.

From under 6s, our nippers learn about live patient assessment (DRSABC) and from under 10, they get to compete in the event as part of the overall Club Championships. From under 11 upwards, Nippers learn about CPR, using the manikins and getting scored with QCPR technology which gives them an accuracy rating out of 100. From this age up, we also separate the lifesaving events from the sport events, so we have a Lifesaving Club Champion, a Sport Club Champion and an Overall Club Champion who is the best across both areas. The events help our nippers value the importance of lifesaving skills and the competition helps hone those skills so they are well set up to pass their Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion at 13 and 15 years of age.

This year, we had some amazing efforts from all our competitors. A big thank you and congratulations to Petina Lanigan and Chris Sando, leading the way as our first Masters competitors and having the courage to be assessed and encouraged by our amazing coaches. Special call-outs to Lucia Hetherington, Lucy Hill, Alice Osler, Harry Blake and James Blake, who as early career competitors received no major deductions in live patient assessmentif you are going to collapse on the beach, we recommend you do it near these five. And if you have a heart attack and require CPR, look no further than Lucia Hetherington, Sophie Pratt and Will Morrison, who all scored 99% for their CPR.

Thank you also to our amazing coaches, many of whom also competed and got close to perfect scores. Stay tuned for next year, as we will be adding tube and board rescue technique events for the older age groups.
Sam Dwyer, Coordinator Lifesaving Championship Events
Nothing was going to stop our Starfish Nippers from having a wonderful season! The weather was kind, the Starfish tried their hardes with all we put in front of them, and everyone had loads of fun, smiles and laughter. We managed to get through with all the challenges currently in place. Yahhoooo! And gosh, the slide was a fabulous hit!

We had Starfish who completed their surf rescue certificates (SRCs), learnt new lifesaving signals, strengthened their swimming, learnt to paddle, stepped outside of their comfort zonesyou should be all very, very proud. Thanks to all our mums, dads, grandmas and pas, friends and family who have helped out over the season.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all our mentors from the bottom of my heart. You came each weekready with a smile and word of encouragement and full of energy. Thanks so muchyou are what makes Hampton Starfish what it is. It was wonderful for new faces to join in the sun and see familiar faces return. 

We are looking forward to our 10th birthday next season!! Big plans are underway for a number of new and innovative changesand, of course, a big birthday party!!!

Stay well, safe and keep warm and see you soonCheers!
Kerrie Curtis, Starfish Manager
Please join us at the club for a special breakfast from 8:15 on Anzac Day, Monday 25th April. There will be egg and bacon rolls, and the opportunity to commemorate a very special day with the people with whom you spend a lot of time over summer.

There is no cost for breakfast, but we kindly ask that you RSVP (available in Team App shortly) and give a small donation of a gold coin or two, which will be given to the Hampton RSL.

For those who are game, before breakfast there is the opportunity for a board or ski paddle session or bike ride after the Dawn Service at Hampton RSL.

Exact times for the bike ride, paddle and breakfast can be found in the Team App listing shortly. 
Our club and all its wonderful programs wouldn't be possible without the amazing contributions of our volunteers. This includes patrollers, water safety, age group managers, coaches, starfish mentors, nipper and starfish helpers, set up and pack up crews, BBQ and kiosk volunteers, officials, administrative support, decorators, maintenance contributors, sponsors, trainers, assessors and members on our various committees.

Please join us at the club on Saturday 14th May at 4pm to celebrate with all the other members who have contributed to the club's activities over the season. We will provide refreshments and snacks at the bar, and will present photographs and videos from across the season. Please RSVP for this event on Team App shortly.

The 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on a Sunday, most likely in early August (TBC). Information regarding board positions becoming vacant will be circulated via Surfguard in the next few weeks.

The HLSC Annual Awards will also be announced that day, so if you know a member who you feel should be recognised for their efforts, please forward your suggestions to Andrew Hill ( for consideration by the awards subcommittee by 31 May 2022.

Nominations for life membership are also open through May 2022. Please read our life membership policy and download a nomination form here.

Andrew Hill, Secretary
Last year's graduates, teens through 50something.
We are excited to announce a Parent-Friendly Winter Bronze Medallion course for 2022. This is the basic certification you need to help out in the water, and virtually anyone can do it! We will be running in October and November to ensure you are ready to patrol and to help out with water safety for Nippers 22/23! 

We are in the final stages of approval with LSV and will have more information and registration shortly. If you would like to be kept in the loop about this, please email me at

We are also looking for more opportunities to complete First Aid, CPR, Advanced Resus and Beach Management courses over the colder months, so keep an eye out if this floats your boat! 

Any questions surrounding anything training, please email me at
Jas Lawrence, Chief Instructor
We are now down to our last two weekends of full patrol (the last full patrol is on 17/4), followed by a weekend of observational patrol (last observational patrol 25/4).

Thank you to all patrollers for your continued efforts in keeping our beach safe, especially those who have taken on extra patrols to ensure we meet all requirements. 

As we come to a close for the season, if everyone could keep a lookout for items that need repair or replacement, or new items that are needed, as we want to ensure our gear is maintained appropriately.
Jesse Tammesild, Director of Lifesaving Operations
Well done to all our Junior, Youth, Senior and Masters competitors for the year of competition. Watch Team App for upcoming communications on winter pool competition and other fitness events.

A quick shout out to William Smith who went up to Aussies on the Gold Coast and competed against the best surf lifesavers in the country! And to Will Morrison and Abbey Lyons who represented the City Stingrays in a regional squad test event at Anglesea.

Go Hampton!!
Michael Pratt, Director of Sport

Well, Nippers has finished for 2022, but we are still patrolling until ANZAC Day. We have had a great season on the beach and in the watercongratulations to everyone who has been involved with HLSC one way or another.

It’s not over yet! On 29th May, we are hosting an IRB racing carnival at Hampton Beach. Keep an eye out for calls for assistance on the day, and tell your friends to come and see the fun.
As I mentioned last month, there are a number of board vacancies that will become available at the annual general meeting (AGM) this winter. If you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to contact me for a chat. I would be happy to discuss roles and responsibilities with you. Remember, the club runs through volunteers, so please consider helping out.
Please all remember to keep the covid risk as low as possible. If you feel unwell, please stay home if you are a patroller, simply let Jesse know so he can organise replacements.
See you on the beach! Best wishes,
Andy Lawrence, President

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