January’s Volunteer of the Month is Ocean Grove SLSC’s Nick Giblin.
Volunteer Role: Geelong Area Lifesaving Operations Officer and Ocean Grove SLSC patrolling member.
Current Club: Ocean Grove
How long have you been involved in lifesaving?
What made you become involved in lifesaving?
My mum explained to me the importance of beach safety and told me the only way she would allow me to go to the beach with my friends unsupervised was if I did my bronze medallion. This is why I joined lifesaving and I have loved it ever since.
What are some of your responsibilities at your club?
At the club I am one of the IRB racing team coaches and act as an IRB driver on volunteer patrols. I also assist as a trainer and assessor on a variety of courses at the club – mostly IRB driving and crewing.
What do you most enjoy about lifesaving?
I love that lifesaving is its own little community and that everyone is working with a common interest towards the same goal. There is something for everyone within lifesaving whether you’re more interested in IT and communications or if you prefer physical activity and exercise – there is something that will interest you.
How do you encourage others to get involved with lifesaving and volunteering?
I encourage people to just jump in and get involved, come down to a club and meet some of the people. Clubs will be more than happy to show you around and let you know what it’s all about – it won’t take long before something catches your interest.
What is your greatest achievement in lifesaving so far?
Being accepted onto the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service as a crew person has been the highlight of my lifesaving career so far.
When you’re not lifesaving, what keeps you busy?
I find myself out camping and adventuring with mates or studying for Uni.
What was the best advice you were ever given and who gave it to you?
To take every opportunity you see come your way – the worst answer you can hear is no or that you’re unsuccessful. Seek feedback and apply it to the next opportunity.