Staying strong and united amid uncertainty has been at the forefront of many Life Saving Victoria (LSV) actions taken over the past month in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It hasn’t been an easy time – all of us have seen our usual lives and livelihoods upended in one way or another. Yet it has also been a time that has seen us leap into action to ensure the health and well-being of our members, volunteers, staff, licensees, partners, participants and broader public.
LSV has been regularly consulting with Emergency Management Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure our actions are in line with the Government’s latest public health advice. In this vein, we’ve been in regular contact with our life saving clubs, aquatic industry partners and our many other varied stakeholders to keep them abreast of and aligned with the most up-to-date directions from government authorities.
We have, like many others of course, had to take some unprecedented steps in recent weeks. This has included cancelling or postponing many of our scheduled events and sports carnivals, as well as finishing our beach patrol season two weeks earlier than usual. As an emergency service, LSV will continue to provide vital emergency response search and rescue activities with additional protective measures.
In response to the need to adapt to a new normal, we have created some great new resources and tools that will educate as well as inform our large and diverse membership and readership base. This includes the new LSV Health Alerts page which is dedicated to providing the latest information, resources and links to members and stakeholders regarding COVID-19, new online personal and professional development offerings for members as well as from the Female Leadership Network and Blue Connections and Aquatic, Fitness and Recreation industry. We’ve also launched new online water safety resources for educators working remotely and parents at home.
As COVID-19 continues to shape our world in new and sometimes unnerving ways, LSV remains committed to providing our lifesaving and wider community with the latest information, updates and stories.
Until next month, stay healthy, stay safe – and stay home.