Pre-season conferences, and a new range of forums, have been running over the last month as lifesavers around the state meet, learn, share and network in preparation for the upcoming lifesaving season.

“This year, we’ve turned the lifesaving conference into a more strategic one-day event, breaking out the departmental workshops into independent forums,” explains Andrew Foran, LSV’s GM of Lifesaving Club Development. “The refresh to the pre-season program has been done after feedback from the membership and four LSV Councils and encourages greater networking opportunities between clubs.”

Lorne SLSC’s Heath Armstrong presenting at this year’s Lifesaving Conference

The Lifesaving Conference was held at LSV’s Port Melbourne head-quarters and presentations included one on rip currents by the keynote speaker Associate Professor Dr. Rob Brander (aka ‘Dr Rip’) as well as discussions on how clubs can operate within Emergency Services frameworks, how research information data lifesavers collect can save lives, as well as a session on governance, among other topics presented to the 200+ club members attending the combined conference and trade show.


The trade show at this year’s Lifesaving Conference

New to the pre-season preparations this year are day-long forums focusing on lifesaving operations, and training and assessment, which have already been held, as well as aquatic sport, and membership and leadership development, which will be hosted in October.

To improve communication among members, Facebook groups for some forums have been set up under the main LSV Facebook page which are accessible here:

Training & Assessment Facebook Forum Group
Lifesaving Operations Facebook Forum Group

The Forums provide a place to share information on department-specific issues and opportunities across the state members. The groups will serve as one platform for announcements from the LSV Executive and LSV State Centre for each group, offering club representatives an opportunity to share thoughts, seek assistance from or have open discussions with other clubs.

There will also be an Eastern and Western Regional Workshop held, which will be a hybrid of the conference and forum formats for clubs further afield who may not have been able to attend the Melbourne-based events.

For more information on the pre-season program, please click here

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