A real all-rounder, James Quine is a member of St Kilda Life Saving Club and has held many positions within his club and the wider lifesaving community. On top of his volunteer roles, he also works with LSV’s Public Training and Pool Safety department.
I’m currently the Lifesaving Operations Officer for Port Phillip, and also an active patrolling member and patrol captain at St Kilda Life Saving Club.
I volunteer as a supervisor in LSV Comms and have been a camp leader/facilitator for the U13 and U15 development camps.
Throughout my time with LSV I’ve also been an accredited Level 2 Surf Sport Official. I’m sure there’s something that I’ve forgotten.
How long have you been involved in lifesaving and how did you become involved?
I’ve been involved in lifesaving since I was 5 years old, through the Nippers program at Mentone LSC.
Mum took my sister and I on a walk one Sunday morning while dad was at golf and we came across the Nippers running at Mentone Beach and joined in.
When Dad got home my sister and I were so excited about what we had done that day that we couldn’t stop talking about it. I think mum regrets that walk she took us on now!
What are some of your responsibilities at your club and roles in lifesaving?
At a club level, I’m the Facilities Director at St Kilda LSC. We’ve just moved into a new clubhouse (on Christmas Eve 2016) and we’re working through all the challenges that come with a new building. Thankfully at this point we haven’t had any big issues with the building!
I’m also the Lifesaving Operations Officer for Port Phillip, assisting clubs within the area with operational requirements, gear inspections and incidents as they occur throughout the year.
What do you most enjoy about lifesaving?
Being able to interact and meet people from all different backgrounds and age groups and being able to learn from each person you come across, regardless of their level of training.
How do you encourage others to get involved with lifesaving and volunteering?
I work for LSV Public Training and Pool Safety, delivering Pool Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR courses.
Within these courses I’m able to give information to students on lifesaving and use examples from my volunteer experience. I’m able to share information about how the qualifications the students are receiving can be progressed into surf qualifications, and how they can get involved in lifesaving.
I also work in the aquatics industry and am frequently having conversations about surf lifesaving with the people I work with. I talk about my involvement and what it has enabled me to do outside of surf lifesaving.
What is your greatest achievement in lifesaving so far?
There are a lot of moments that could draw on to answer this question, but one thing that I really enjoy being involved in is the youth development camps.
When I was a nipper/junior I went to these camps as a participant and being able to go back on them now as a facilitator and leader and pass on my experiences and assist in the youth development of lifesaving is something I’ve always wanted to be a part of.
Our next generation of club presidents, committee members, duty officers, operations officers, lifeguards, patrol captains, even the next CEO! – could be one of these participants and it’s great to see that the youth of our organisation want to be so actively involved.
What is your vision for lifesaving in the future?
Investing in the youth of our organisation – they are what will keep our organisation and movement alive and allow us to keep providing the service to the public that we do.
When you’re not lifesaving, what keeps you busy?
Some people say I work too much, but outside of that Riley (my 9 month old Border Collie X Bleu Heeler) keeps me very active and busy.