A massive congratulations to our u/23 surf boat crew, silver medalists at the state champs on Sunday 20 March 2016.
Sarah de Bondt, Kayla Wesley, Eilish Devers, and Jess Bradshaw, swept and coached by Trevor ‘Belts’ Clauscen, have been creeping up the order slowly throughout the season, and managed to knock off a couple of crews that have previously beat them at recent carnivals.
The hard work and commitment to training is paying off girls, next up the big dance at the Aussies!!!!
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.