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.
Many of us are heading down to help make this year’s Channel Challenge a big success. This is a super important fundraiser for the Club, and lots of people combined have invested hundreds of volunteer hours to make it happen.
The Club is working hard to make sure that the hours we spend fundraising are as efficient as possible.
The SEALS program has finished for the 2015 season with enormous success. Under the guidance of Rob Murphy a select group of young lifesavers participated in a series of talks, training sessions and leadership workshops over several months. These participants have gained indefinite skills in areas of lifesaving and personal development, pushing themselves physically and mentally through various teamwork and individual excercises.