COVID-19 Update from LSV President Paul James – 20 March 2020 

Hello, I’m Paul James, President of Life Saving Victoria. On behalf of the Life Saving Victoria board, I’d like to give you an update about what we are doing in the face of the emerging COVID-19 situation. 

LSV is closely monitoring the situation and is receiving regular briefings from the State Government through Emergency Management Victoria. 

We know that the number of cases in the community is growing. We also know that reducing the rate of transmission of COVID-19 will take a whole-of-community effort. 

The health of our volunteers, staff, members, licensees, partners, and participants, as well as community well-being, are always our highest priority. 

Please be assured that we are closely connected to Government through Emergency Management Victoria and are receiving regular briefings on the current situation. We will pass on any key updates to our members and the greater lifesaving community. 

We are also prepared to react accordingly to any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the lifesaving community. 

Life Saving Victoria has worked extremely hard to develop a robust and adaptable pandemic framework that will guide us through the next few months. 

Even if we have the strength and immunity to recover from the virus, our family, friends and others in the community may not, so we all have a role to play to minimise spread. 

We ask all our clubs, members, and industry partners to review their upcoming activities and consider additional safety measures, postponement of activities or alternative options where possible. 

We advise our lifesaving community to practice social distancing, ensure high cleaning standards are met in facilities and to practice and promote good hand washing and hygiene, to help to slow the transmission of the virus among the community. 

Please DON’T attend lifesaving patrols, events, training or any activities if you are unwell, have returned from international travel, have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and consider whether you should attend if you are in a high-risk category. 

Life Saving Victoria has set up a dedicated health alerts page on our website – please visit will also provide updates through our usual channels, including circulars and Team App. 

You can also keep up-to-date with the health advice from the Victorian and Australian Governments on their websites. 

We encourage you to look out for the people you know who are in ‘high-risk’ demographical groups, including those aged 65+.  

Its also important to talk to our nippers and young lifesaving members about the situation, to reassure them, and help them understand what they can do to minimise the impact of this epidemic, such as teaching them how to wash their hands properly. (See Ambulance Victoria’s tip sheet for helping Children with COVID-19.) 

acknowledge how difficult this year has already been for our lifesaving and wider community following the bushfires, and now with the uncertainty of the evolving COVID19 situation. 

I’d like to thank all of our volunteers, staff, members, licensees, partners, and participants for your continued efforts and commitment. 

Please take care of yourselves and those around you. Thank you. 

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