Chelsey Reindel’s passion for lifesaving and volunteering was recently recognised when she was presented with the Victoria Premier’s Volunteer Champions Impact Award. She patrols more than 80 hours each season, alongside coaching a Nippers group and contributing to multicultural programs at Bonbeach LSC, actively engaging young women from migrant communities. She also just completed Year 12 and is hoping to pursue a career in nursing. She currently works part-time as a Pool Lifeguard at PARC Frankston.
Here’s her lifesaving story:
For the past few years I have been an assistant coach for the under eight nippers at Bonbeach Life Saving Club. I also patrol and help with community school programs at the club.
How long have you been involved in lifesaving?
Since I was three years old. I was apparently obsessed with the water, so my mum enrolled me into Nippers.
What made you become involved in lifesaving?
I strongly believe itʼs a safe, supportive environment to grow up in. It teaches you a lot of life lessons.
What are some of your responsibilities at your club?
I love first aid, so I hold all my awards that are first aid-related. I am also the first aid officer this season.
What do you enjoy most about lifesaving?
Friendships and giving back to the community.
How do you encourage others to get involved with lifesaving and volunteering?
Participate in school beach days, so others can see the importance of being involved.
What is your greatest achievement in lifesaving so far?
Attaining most of the awards and going to the leadership camps, but the CALD program has also taught me so much, such as to be selfless and appreciate my life.
What types of rescues have you been involved in?
Last summer, we helped a family of four who nearly drowned when they fell off a SUP.
What’s been the most surprising part of being a volunteer with your club?
Seeing the volunteers who give up their time is inspiring. Also, the fantastic support and opportunities to grow as a person.
When you’re not lifesaving, what keeps you busy?
School work, my job and my pets. Trying to balance everything!