Archive for October, 2017

Education update

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

The first Nip­per Res­cue Cer­tifi­cate course was com­pleted on Sat­ur­day 21/10/2017, in cool con­di­tions. The group of eigh­teen (18) par­ents took part enthu­si­as­ti­cally, despite the water tem­per­a­ture and threat­en­ing storm, which for­tu­nately did not even­tu­ate. The final require­ment of com­plet­ing national police checks is now under­way – then these new vol­un­teers will be ready for action!

A spe­cial thank you to Life mem­ber and Asses­sor Ed Neilan who assisted with deliv­ery of the course. Thanks also to the Pipeline/Uluwatu mem­bers who pro­vided vital assis­tance with water safety, includ­ing, but cer­tainly not lim­ited to, Nick Iel­lamo, Tony Green­field and Lloyd Brosens. It was great to see some of the younger Bronzies out there giv­ing a hand.

Another Skills Main­te­nance ses­sion was com­pleted on Sat­ur­day after­noon and was well attended. Feed­back has been most pos­i­tive and has been passed on to the rel­e­vant Train­ers and Asses­sors. Thank you to Jenni Wood, Lyn Brosens, Jude Har­low and Amanda Lam­bert.

The next two Skills Main­te­nance ses­sions are as fol­lows:

Dry ses­sion: this Thurs­day, 26 Octo­ber, com­menc­ing at 7pm in the Mem­bers’ Lounge.

Wet ses­sion: Sat­ur­day 4 Novem­ber, com­menc­ing at 8am, reg­is­tra­tion in the club, then pro­ceed to the beach.

Another ses­sion will be pro­grammed as soon as we can find a win­dow in the busy Edu­ca­tion pro­gram. This is likely to be towards the end of Novem­ber, as sev­eral mem­bers have been away this month – thanks for let­ting us know. Details will be posted soon in the eNews.

The Advanced Resus­ci­ta­tion Tech­niques course (new ver­sion) starts on Mon­day 6 Novem­ber, at 7pm to 9pm, in Func­tion Room 2. There is an online com­po­nent, as well as a detailed Work­book to com­plete. These will be for­warded elec­tron­i­cally to reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants later this week. I am aware there have been some issues with reg­is­ter­ing via Rev­o­lu­tionise – please con­tact us via Courses email if this con­tin­ues.

There are two Pain Man­age­ment courses – each is only for one evening. There is also an online com­po­nent which should be com­pleted before attend­ing the face-to-face course. Please bring the online cer­tifi­cate of com­ple­tion with you. Par­tic­i­pants need to have an award with a cur­rent CPR ele­ment – HLTAID003 Provide First Aid is pre­ferred, how­ever the Bronze Medal­lion is OK, as long as Skills Main­te­nance has been done for this sea­son. Par­tic­i­pants also need to have a cur­rent Advanced Resus­ci­ta­tion Tech­niques qual­i­fi­ca­tion before doing the Pain Man­age­ment course.

Oktoberfest Wrap!

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

A great ini­tia­tive of Kirsten Fort­mann and Jes­per Rasmussen’s to provide our mem­bers with a free, fun evening.

With a stack of appre­ci­a­tion and thank you to:

Our set up crew of: Paul Beat­tie, Enda, Bren­dan Briggs, Patty Col­bourne, Glenda, Alex, Julie Rap­ley, Cal­ven Rac­quel, Cindy de Bom­ford, Amanda Davies, Jes­per Ras­mussen and Penny Fort­mann.

Food prepa­ra­tion: Cindy de Bom­ford

Beer tast­ing: Kirsten Fort­mann, Jor­dan Black

Serv­ing of food: Cindy de Bom­ford, Bri­die Rosich, Lilly Rosich.

Bar: Rob McGre­gor, Alex Upston, Jo Gid­ley, Trevor Bul­ley, Robyn Bul­ley, Megan Bul­ley

Clean up: Kirsten Dob­son, Kirsten Fort­mann, Chrissie Payne and Penny Fort­mann.


Every­thing was sold out – food, stein glasses and 6 flavours of Ger­man beer!

Thank you also to all the mem­bers that made it such a great evening! Check out the gallery below…

Education Update

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

skills-maintSkills Maintenance

The annual Skills Main­te­nance pro­gram is well under way with three ses­sions already com­pleted and good num­bers attend­ing each. Thank you every­one for com­ing along, we trust you have found the pro­gram help­ful in pro­vid­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for you to update/refresh your knowl­edge and skills.
Thank you to the awe­some team of Train­ers, Asses­sors and assis­tants who help make the pro­gram work, specifically….Lloyd Brosens, Lyn Brosens, Lau­rie Camp­bell, Sandy Clarke, Guy Edwards, Simon Gid­ley, Bar­bara Loudon, Jacquie McGre­gor, Ed Neilan, Anne-Marie Wider­man­ski and Anna Young who have been involved with the pro­gram to date. A spe­cial thank you to Edu­ca­tion Admin­is­tra­tors extra­or­di­naire – Amanda Lam­bert and Chrissie Payne.

There are a cou­ple of changes for the next few dates – the ses­sion on Wednes­day 18 Octo­ber has been can­celled. The ses­sion on Sat­ur­day 21 Octo­ber will com­prise both Dry and Wet ses­sions and will still start at 1pm sharp. Please arrive 15 min­utes prior, so sign on and group assign­ments can be com­pleted. Hope­fully we shall have enough Train­ers and Asses­sors to com­plete the pro­gram by 4pm. Again, the focus is on updat­ing, then apply­ing the key knowl­edge and skills in a range of sce­nar­ios.

The fol­low­ing week will see the Dry ses­sion changed to Thurs­day 26 Octo­ber, com­menc­ing at 6pm – we shall have more space for this one! The final sched­uled Wet ses­sion is Sat­ur­day 4 Novem­ber, start­ing at 8am.

Mem­bers who are unable to make the sched­uled dates should advise as soon as pos­si­ble, so we can make addi­tional plans. Remem­ber – the Train­ers and Asses­sors attend mul­ti­ple ses­sions and will be busy in the period lead­ing up to Christ­mas as the squads will be due for assess­ment.

Bronze Medallion program

Both Bronze 1 and Bronze 2 groups have been formed, with the Bronze 1 group all suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing their qual­i­fy­ing swim on Sat­ur­day 14 Octo­ber and begin­ning their pro­gram on Mon­day 16 Octo­ber. Reg­is­tra­tions for the Bronze 2 group is now closed and they are not far behind, with both groups being fin­ished before Christ­mas.

Nipper Rescue Certificate (NRC)

SLSWA launched the Nip­per Res­cue Cer­tifi­cate on 4 Octo­ber and inter­est for this addi­tional water safety qual­i­fi­ca­tion has been sub­stan­tial. The pro­gram is an intro­duc­tion to pro­vid­ing water safety for our future life­savers, and may be a path­way to gain­ing fur­ther awards as both inter­est and abil­ity are devel­oped. The sin­gle ses­sion, three hours long course begins next Sat­ur­day, 21 Octo­ber, com­menc­ing at 8am sharp on our own beau­ti­ful beach. 47 mem­bers have expressed their inter­est and arrange­ments for the first pro­gram will be final­ized over the next few days with an email being sent to those who have expressed inter­est.

This is also a call for Train­ers and Asses­sors to assist with deliv­ery of this totally prac­ti­cal pro­gram – please advise your abil­ity to assist via the Courses email

Not sure if this is a pro­gram for you? Come down and watch – and you may change your mind!
Another NRC course will be run in the near future.

Other Education activity

Keep check­ing the club cal­en­dar and eNews, for fur­ther infor­ma­tion on more courses.
An IRB Crew­per­son course will start soon – arrange­ments and Train­ers are being finalised as this goes to press.

The Advanced Resus­ci­ta­tion Tech­niques course begins on Mon­day 6 Novem­ber and the Pain Man­age­ment course is on either 18 Decem­ber and 20 Decem­ber – remem­ber to check the pre­req­ui­sites for this one, as the First Aid and Advanced Resus­ci­ta­tion awards must both be cur­rent before you do the Pain Man­age­ment course.

Reg­is­tra­tions for the Jan­u­ary BM/SRC course will open in the next cou­ple of weeks.

Train­ers and Asses­sors – your assis­tance with, and involve­ment in, the Edu­ca­tion pro­gram is invited, is most wel­come and cer­tainly very much appre­ci­ated. It would be great if you could indi­cate your avail­abil­ity.

traineesFinally – a BIG thank you to those mem­bers who have indi­cated their inter­est in becom­ing a Trainer. Thank you espe­cially to Todd Bartlett, Natalie God­win and Rob­bie Payne – all of whom attended the SLSWA Trainer Course on 14/10/2017. Their next chal­lenge is to put their learn­ing into prac­tice – please sup­port them.

Bring on sea­son 2017/18!

FREE First Aid Courses for SLSWA members

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

first-aid-crossSurf Life Sav­ing WA has received fund­ing to be able to offer club mem­bers an accred­ited First Aid course free of charge. Refer to the infor­ma­tion below. It is impor­tant that you inform the club’s Edu­ca­tion team if you attend – to ensure your rel­e­vant records are updated.

FREE First Aid Courses for SLSWA mem­bers

SLSWA has received a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment grant to improve the skill sets of vol­un­teer Surf Life Savers and SLSWA mem­bers, with train­ing avail­able to any club mem­ber look­ing to improve their first aid skills.
 Dates for the first round of the FREE HLTAID003 Provide First Aid train­ing, to be held at Surf House, 7 Delawney St, Bal­catta are as fol­lows, with fur­ther dates to be made avail­able shortly:

  • Sat­ur­day 21 Octo­ber
  • Sat­ur­day 19 Novem­ber
  • Sat­ur­day 9 Decem­ber

The first FREE HLTAID007 Provide Advanced Resus­ci­ta­tion course, is to be held at Surf House, (fur­ther dates to be made avail­able shortly)

  • Sat­ur­day 4 Novem­ber

Spaces are lim­ited and we expect courses to fill quickly! 
To book visit –

  • Go to the “Book into a course” page
  • Click on the “SLSWA Mem­bers Provide First Aid” but­ton
  • Choose a course date and fill in per­sonal details
  • When enrolling in the course please use the Dis­count code “SLSWAMem­berVET” and click the “Add” but­ton to access the free course value
  • Place your club name in the “Com­pany” field
  • Choose pay­ment method – “Alki­mos Res­i­dent or approved SLSWA only”

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact SLSWA on 9207 6666.

First IRB Driver Course complete

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mullaloo’s newest IRB Dri­vers who were suc­cess­ful in their final assess­ment on Sun­day 1/10/2017. The can­di­dates were Todd Bartle, Sean Coven­try, Noel Fort­mann, Lach­lan Halvor­son, Jes­per Ras­mussen, Bre­anna Roberts, Ryan Stacey and Kyle Wenn. Even though the con­di­tions weren’t overly test­ing, the can­di­dates have trained in more chal­leng­ing con­di­tions through­out their course.

The squad was trained by Alis­tair Cook (Lead Trainer), Phill Dee, Guy Edwards and Roger Greg­son. Carlo Tenaglia was the Trainee Trainer for this group. The asses­sors included Mark Hills (pre­lim­i­nary assess­ments), Ed Neilan, David Rossow and Anne-Marie Wider­man­ski (Asses­sor In Charge) for the final assess­ment. Sup­ported by asses­sors from Sor­rento, Flo­reat and City of Perth. Guy Edwards com­pleted his pro­ba­tion­ary assess­ment and joins the Club’s team of IRB asses­sors.


Education Training Courses

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Is any­one out there still want­ing to join the Bronze 1 course? The clos­ing date has been extended to Fri­day 6 Octo­ber – so please reg­is­ter online via Rev­o­lu­tionise, before 6pm on 6/10/2017. The course begins Mon­day 16 Octo­ber, at 7pm in Train­ing Room 1 and the qual­i­fy­ing swim will be done before the first for­mal ses­sion.

Hurry, hurry, hurry! Nom­i­na­tions for the Bronze 2 course will close soon. Make sure you reg­is­ter your inter­est via Rev­o­lu­tionise. The course begins on Wednes­day 25 Octo­ber, at 7pm in Train­ing Room 1 and the qual­i­fy­ing swim will be done before the first for­mal ses­sion.

Many of the surf life­sav­ing courses now have an online com­po­nent, which requires each course par­tic­i­pant to have their own Mem­ber Por­tal account. Gen­er­ally, any online com­po­nent will need to be com­pleted either before the for­mal train­ing begins, or within a time limit as advised by the Lead Trainer of the par­tic­u­lar course. Each par­tic­i­pant will need to print a copy of the online learn­ing com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate and give it to the Lead Trainer. An elec­tronic copy is accept­able, pro­vided it is given to the Lead Trainer by the spec­i­fied dead­line.

• Down­load the SLSA eLearn­ing User Guide

The Edu­ca­tion Cal­en­dar has been pre­pared until the end of the year – and the pro­gram for 2018 will be finalised in the next cou­ple of weeks. Mem­bers will need to reg­is­ter for their cho­sen course/s via the club’s online sys­tem being tri­alled this year (Rev­o­lu­tionise). Links on our Edu­ca­tion Courses & Dates page.

Mem­bers who have any queries regard­ing courses being con­ducted by the club should use the ded­i­cated COURSES e-mail address, so we can keep track of and respond to, all queries in a more effi­cient man­ner.

Skills Maintenance

The Skills Main­te­nance dates have been posted. Note there is a change for the first Dry ses­sion, which has been resched­uled to Tues­day 10 Octo­ber.

You will also see there is a new sys­tem in place this year – to help spread the load and hope­fully make the process more effi­cient.

Please send any queries to the ded­i­cated PROFICIENCY e-mail address, so that the rel­e­vant peo­ple can effec­tively man­age them.

General Education matters

There is a gen­eral EDUCATION e-mail address for any mat­ters not cov­ered by the Pro­fi­ciency or Courses e-mails. This e-mail is used for the man­age­ment of all things Edu­ca­tion.

Youth South West Camp a hit!

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

The 2017 Youth South West Camp was an excit­ing adven­ture for all. This year the camp was opened to the Under 14’s as well and so we had 44 hik­ers in total. We arrived at the Surf Club at 6am ready for the jour­ney ahead.  Once we had reached the Mar­garet River Region we set off for a short 6km walk along a spec­tac­u­lar coast­line before head­ing to camp for a deli­cious meal of Spag Bol.

Through­out the dura­tion of the camp we walked a fair chunk of the coast, even abseil­ing the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs. Repelling down the 15 and 40 metre rock faces pushed many of us past our com­fort zones and was a great bond­ing expe­ri­ence. The views were spec­tac­u­lar and we were able to see many dol­phins and whales.

On the final day half of the group went to Giants Cave whilst the other half went to Cal­gardup Cave.  An impromptu rave party was enjoyed by all!

We were all chal­lenged phys­i­cally and men­tally through­out the camp and I think we can all agree that this has not only strength­ened our friend­ships but it has also cre­ated new ones.

I would like to give a huge thank you to the adults that came on the camp for not only putting up with us but for look­ing after us, set­ting up for us, cook­ing for us, the list goes on. We are all so grate­ful for the time you have given up to take us on this adven­ture.

– Taj Hawke 


Just a few thank yous for some behind the sce­nes prepa­ra­tion for the Camp: thank you Guy Edwards and Jim Baker for prep­ping the camp trailer, sort­ing through the tents and repairs; thanks to our bus dri­vers Anne-Marie Wider­man­ski and Steve Mignon (also, thanks Steve for organ­is­ing the loan of the 4WD from Toy­ota); thanks Mark Cleary for the shop­ping, trek plans and camp sup­port; thanks also to our walk­ers and camp sup­port­ers Phil and Tracey Bartlett and Rob Amos – it was a great team effort all round.

Thank you to our camp lead­ers Taj Hawke and Lillyan Rosich for your guid­ance and assis­tance along with fel­low 2nd and 3rd year campers – with our 2017 camp group.

– Sandy Clarke