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Port Fairy SLSC News #15

Port Fairy SLSC News #15 2011/12
March 5th 2012

Last Sunday was the culmination of many months hard work for several club members as they undertook their examinations for the Bronze Medallion (BM) and Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) awards. Under the watchful eye of chief trainer Elizabeth Doueal and club vice president Neil Dyson, the trainees were put through their paces in a session lasting several hours. The examination covers a variety of skills including a written exam, a practical test of physical lifesaving procedures such as board and tube rescue, flag and signal identification, performing CPR and the physical test of the run-swim-run.

All candidates successfully passed their exams resulting in the following awards:
Bronze Medallion:
Darcy Chandler, Eloise Coxon, Jarrod Deutscher, Lewys Jones, Daniel Murrihy, Hamish Sutherland, Tom Wicks, Les Lynch (requalify)
Surf Rescue Certificate:
Mimi Bones, Lachie Fletcher, Patrick Ryan

Photo below: Pat Ryan, Hamish Sutherland, Eloise Coxon, Tom Wicks, Elizabeth Doueal, Lewys Jones, Darcy Chandler (front), Lachie Fletcher, Mimi Bones and Jarrod Deutscher

Thanks go to Elizabeth and all those who assisted her during the training period and congratulations to the successful candidates - we look forward to you joining in patrols and putting your skills to use on the beach.

A strong contingent of Nippers headed to Lorne at the weekend for the Victorian Junior State Championships however the weather intervened and caused Saturday’s program to be abandoned without any events having been run. Only the Iron series of events were carried over to Sunday and as the rest of Sunday’s program was devoted to relay events many of the Nippers were unable to compete. Despite this it was still a good experience for our youngsters and hopefully they’ll front up again next year. Our U/13 boys team of Henry Brock, Lachlan Murrihy, and the Hetherington twins, Blair & Tyler did compete on Sunday in various relays as well as the Iron Nipper and all of them performed well. Thanks to our club competition manager Catherine Hetherington for ensuring that we’ve had strong representation at all carnivals this year.

This weekend will see action at Lorne again, weather permitting, for the Victorian Senior Life Saving Championships with the Port Fairy boat crews and some of our senior members competing. Back in Port Fairy we’re set for the biggest weekend of the year as visitors flock to town for the Folkie. East Beach will be patrolled as usual to help ensure the safety of anyone venturing in for a refreshing dip.

Please enjoy the beach and remember to always swim between the flags and heed the directions of life guards at all times.