The numbers are in and all signs point to another BIG season of training and assessing at Woolamai Beach SLSC so far. The Training and Assessing Team has delivered over 450 qualifications thus far.
Some of the highlights include: 77 Bronze Medallions, 62 First Aid Certificates, 46 Resuscitation Certificates, 45 Basic Life Support Certificates, 31 Advanced Resuscitation Techniques Certificates, 28 Inflatable Rescue Boat Crew Certificates and 23 Surf Rescue Certificates.
I would like to note that the 46 Resuscitation Certificates and 45 Basic Life Support Certificates we delivered as part of an initiative, spearheaded by Alex Tzimokas, where 46 Dark Green Cap (12 Year Old) Nippers were taught Resuscitation and Basic Life Support to help bridge the gap between the Nippers program and the Surf Rescue Certificate Course, as well as teach this 12 Year Old important life saving skills.
The Minister for Emergency Services (Jane Garrett MP), has written to the club expressing her appreciation to the 17 off-duty lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers who assisted in the 'difficult and dangerous mass rescue' that took place at Woolamai on Sunday 10 January. A copy of the letter is attached below.
As widely reported in the media and within the clubs internal networks seven individuals were swept out after being warned not to enter the water at the mouth of a Rip.
The Phillip Island Marine rescue service is finally starting to gain some momentum again after a couple of quiet seasons on the Jet Skis.
New candidates have been training every weekend for the past few weeks. Training sessions during the season and planned training during the off season will see an influx of new members to the service, as well as some existing and experienced members, making it bigger and better than ever.
The plan for the service is to have specialised Jet Ski patrols every weekend to run in conjunction with beach patrols, offering a service to the whole of Phillip Island, and to eventually have a seven days a week callout service.
With the help from the staff at the Commonwealth Bank in Cowes we are furtunate to have for the first time at Woolamai a dedicated Beach Patrol and shelter. This is a proven design used on a number of beaches with board racks on one side and a cage on the other for First Aid equipment, patrol gear and supplies and a 'pop up' marquee.
Due for completion late Feb 2016 we are very grateful for the support of the Staff and CBA Cowes as this trailer will provide many benfits for our patrolling members.
A new All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Callout 4WD have been delivered in preparation for the season and are on the beach, thanks to support for the 4WD from Wonthaggi Toyota. As these vehicles are vital and valuable tools for our surf rescue service the club ran a compulsory induction over requal weekend for all members who wish to use the new equipment. This will ensure the investment in our essential rescue equipment enjoys a long life at Woolamai Beach.
Contact your patrol captain for more details on induction.
The 2015/2016 season started with a weekend of good weather and good vibrations! The Waterman patrol demonstrated a good turn out and a fantastic standard of Surf Life Saving -- dangerously strutting their way towards Patrol of the Year. In true Woolamai Beach style they spent the days upskilling their members while ensuring the beach was safe.