Education Update 28–11-17

Thank you to all who have assisted in the Skills Main­te­nance pro­gram dur­ing Novem­ber. The sea­son has been a busy one for the Asses­sor and Trainer team, many of whom have con­tributed to sev­eral ses­sions. There were two ses­sions held at the club and a third at Lancelin dur­ing Novem­ber. A final Skills Main­te­nance ses­sion will be held on Sat­ur­day 16 Decem­ber, with IRB com­menc­ing at 7am and BM/SRC/ART at 9.30am. Any mem­ber who can­not attend this final oppor­tu­nity should realise they will be unable to patrol, or com­pete, after 31 Decem­ber, 2017. We are aware of a few mem­bers who, for health rea­sons, will be unable to com­plete pro­fi­ciency before the end of the year – they should email the Edu­ca­tion team to let us know, so suit­able arrange­ments can be made when they gain med­ical clear­ance to resume surf life­sav­ing activ­i­ties.

Assessment Time

Two Bronze Medal­lion groups as well as the Advanced Resus­ci­ta­tion Tech­niques group all start their assess­ments this week with pre­lim­i­nary checks before pro­ceed­ing to their final assess­ments next week. Thank you to the hard-work­ing train­ing teams and espe­cially to the mem­bers who have made the com­mit­ment to join our patrol groups.

January Bronze Medallion/Surf Rescue Certificate course

The course is fill­ing fast – so mem­bers wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate should reg­is­ter online @Revolutionise. The 400m qual­i­fy­ing swim will be held before Christ­mas – details will be advised next week. On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the qual­i­fy­ing swim, par­tic­i­pants will receive their train­ing resources, which will enable them to be able to com­mence their online train­ing with the objec­tive of com­plet­ing it before the first day of the course (Tues­day, 2 Jan­u­ary 2018).

IRB Crewperson course

Pow­er­craft train­ing begins next week­end with the first of a series of IRB Crew­per­son courses. The IRB Crew course is a great next step fol­low­ing on from the Bronze Medal­lion. IRBC 1 (Reg­is­ter) still has spaces so please reg­is­ter your inter­est as soon as pos­si­ble. Up to eight (8) trainees will form the course group. It is planned to offer fur­ther IRBC courses at approx­i­mately one month inter­vals – so choose the one that suits your avail­abil­ity and reg­is­ter. Note that IRBC 2 course (Jan­u­ary) is already full, how­ever, there are still places on IRBC 3 (Reg­is­ter) in Feb­ru­ary. We have a new team of Trainee Train­ers who are keen to assist mem­bers in gain­ing this award. Wel­come to our new Train­ers in the Pow­er­craft area.

Pain Management course

Two courses have been sched­uled – Mon­day 18 Decem­ber (Reg­is­ter) and Wednes­day 20 Decem­ber (Reg­is­ter). This award now has to be renewed annu­ally (has pre­vi­ously been every two years). Few nom­i­na­tions have been received to date – it would be great to see more peo­ple reg­is­ter. There is some pre-course work so early reg­is­tra­tion is needed to give par­tic­i­pants suf­fi­cient time to com­plete this before attend­ing the one evening course.

Nipper Rescue Certificate (NRC)

The NRC pro­grame will resume in Jan­u­ary, with NRC 3 being sched­uled for Sat­ur­day 20 Jan­u­ary from 8am to 11am, then NRC 4 on Sun­day 21 Jan­u­ary from 12 noon to 3pm. Hope­fully this will enable the remain­ing peo­ple who have expressed inter­est to attend. Each course will have up to 24 mem­bers. Reg­is­ter your inter­est via the Courses email.

Bronze Medallion Course 4 (BM 4)

A fourth Bronze Medal­lion course has been sched­uled to com­mence on Mon­day 5 Feb­ru­ary at 7pm, with Sat­ur­day and Sun­day morn­ing train­ing being between 7am and 9am each week­end. The course will run for a min­i­mum of six (6) weeks, up to eight (8) weeks. The course com­ple­tion date depends on the rate of acqui­si­tion of the required knowl­edge and skills.

Planning ahead…

  1. It is pro­posed to com­mence the annual Skills Main­te­nance pro­gram in July 2018, with a focus on Dry/Land skills. These will be run every month until Novem­ber. Wet/Water skills will com­mence in Octo­ber (weather per­mit­ting). Dates will be posted soon to enable you to plan ahead.
  2. Mem­bers wish­ing to become a Trainer should send an Expres­sion of Inter­est to Edu­ca­tion email so plan­ning can com­mence.
  3. Mem­bers wish­ing to gain their Sil­ver Medal­lion – Beach Man­age­ment should send an Expres­sion of Inter­est to Courses email so plan­ning can com­mence.

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