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The SLSA Board met on the last weekend of August to consider the raft of changes recommended after the National Review into Surf Sport. This is the second time the Board has made decisions coming from the Review and as we look at the statement just released just about all the issues raised by the ASRL have been addressed.
As we know nothing is complete until we see the final written policies but on face value we should all be very happy and excited that the voice of the membership has been heard. We thank all those responsible for these changes and it will now fall to you at your own surf club to chase the changes along to be sure your club is addressing and embracing the time for change.
If you haven't see the SLSA Presidents statement it is copied below:
At the SLSA Board meeting on 26 August 2017 the following key initiatives were confirmed or are progressing.
Review of SLSA Policies, Rules and Regulations to reduce complexity and streamline process
With a focus on making the lives of our volunteers easier, SLSA has undertaken to review all SLSA Policies, Rules and Regulations. The focus is on ensuring relevance and reducing complexity. This may have an effect on existing Constitutions.
Bronze Medallion Review
The 34th Edition of the Public Safety Aquatic Rescue Training Manual (SRC and Bronze Medallion) is under review, which will be due for release in 19/20 season.
SRC is recognised as prior learning for the Bronze Medallion.
IRB Crew Award
Clubs can, and are encouraged to package the IRB Crew Award alongside Bronze Medallion training.
A Skills Matrix Summary has been developed which provides the standard requirements for returning members. This means that a returning member may not have to redo the full Bronze Medallion Course.
Policy 1.02 – Use of Gear and Equipment
This policy allows for non-qualified members to use Surf Life Saving equipment for lifesaving and surf sports activities, as long as they meet the water pre-requisites for the award. This applies for age groups U15 and above where the conditions are deemed appropriate.
Patrol exemption for Junior Activity Members (SRC)
Junior Activity Members who hold the Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC) are exempt from having to perform patrol hours to be eligible to compete in State and National Youth Championships.
This process can be delegated to suitably qualified members to conduct, such as Patrol Captains. This allows a Club/Branch or State to approve members other than Assessors, to complete this activity.
Policy 5.04 Competition Eligibility
The Board endorsed a further refinement of Policy 5.04 and it’s Guidelines. The core business of patrol hour requirements remains in place with options available to recognise other additional forms of service e.g. Water Safety. Clubs will determine competition eligibility.
Australian Championships Review
The Athlete Advisory Group has been expanded to include representation across multiple disciplines. Enhancements to the Youth Championships are in train and daily competition finish times are being revisited.
Member Centred Approach to Digital Transformation
The member centred approach to a digital transformation underwent further review by the SLSA Board, who will further dissect this information ahead of a joint workshop with State CEO’s and working groups at the end of October.
Promoting Surf Life Saving
SBS and ABC will be promoting our movement this season, as well as our national Rip Current Awareness and Be A Life Saver Fundraising campaigns. Launching on 6 September, ABC 3 will air a 13-episode series “Nippers.” In addition, keep an eye out for the new Surf Life Saving Diversity commercial being aired on SBS from September to February 2018. The call to action is for community members from all backgrounds to join our movement. Please make them welcome!
More information regarding the above points can be found on the SLSA Members Area.
All the best for the upcoming raising of the flags and our 110th season on patrol.
Yours in surf lifesaving
Graham Ford AM