Mental health, incident management and how to develop a strong culture among the diverse lifesaving community were all key discussion topics at the annual LSV Club Conference earlier this month.
Volunteers from across the state turned up in droves to the two-day conference in Port Melbourne on September 14 and 15, with the event designed to help prepare lifesaving clubs and members for the upcoming patrol season and to network with others.
LSV Volunteer Support Manager David Potter said there was something for everyone at this year’s event, which took on a new format and delivered a range of tools and information for the summer ahead.
“This key annual event was held across one single weekend for the first time and brought together the previous ‘Lifesaving Conference’ and ‘Preseason Forum’ events,” Mr Potter said.
“The conference was open to all LSV members, and volunteers were provided with topical and essential information ahead of the 2019-20 season.
“The two-day event provided the opportunity for LSV to demonstrate new resources that are available to clubs, as well as a chance for members to network with other club members from around the state.”
The weekend began with a Welcome to Country by Indigenous land owner, David Tournier, before Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services, Paul Edbrooke MP, officially opened the conference.
Members were then treated to a variety of keynote speakers, presentations and workshops geared towards equipping them with the best tools and know-how relevant to the season ahead.
The conference tradeshow once again proved popular with a variety of stall holders including Code3, Officeworks and our tradeshow partners attracting interest over the weekend, while there was certainly a buzz around some of the new technology on display ahead of the summer season, including LSV’s new Westpac Lifesaver Rescue drones on the Saturday.
On the Sunday, the session was opened by Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp, before keynote speaker Nathan Bourke gave an engaging talk on the ways an organisation’s vision, mission and values determine its culture, and how changing culture starts by working on those in the middle, rather than the top of an organisation.
Slido polls at the end of sessions provided volunteers with an opportunity to provide LSV with instant feedback about their experience, with the data being used to inform planning for future events.
“Everything was fantastic – so pleased to see what a cohesive and welcoming group everyone was,” one attendee reported in the poll.
“Nathan Bourke was amazing. Probably one of the best keynotes ever,” another said.
Overall, attendees rated their satisfaction with the event an average of 4.3 out of 5.
For the first time this year, members had the opportunity to view a live stream of all sessions, enabling wider access to content.
“I’d like to say thank you to our sponsors, who have helped to make this event possible,” Mr Potter said.
“Thank you to Code 3, Officeworks, Makinex, Engine Swim, Neann/Rapp, TRE Motorsport, Star Outdoor, Cover Me Jules, Team App, Aridzone, Cole Workwear, G-Boards (Dolphin), Laerdal, Westpac, the SLSA Chaplaincy Service and the Victorian Commission for Gambling & Liquor Regulation.”
Club Conference presentations and resources are available for download on the LSV website: https://lsv.com.au/club-conference/