On Saturday 18 September, Life Saving Victoria (LSV) hosted the 2021 Club Conference, bringing volunteers together virtually to prepare for the summer season ahead.
There were 26 sessions covering all areas of lifesaving relevant for the upcoming season, including lifesaving services, emergency management, strategic planning, nippers, aquatic sports, member welfare, communications and COVID-19 support and information.
The sessions were led by a combination of LSV staff, volunteers and external guest speakers, including Robert Lockhart from the Davidson Institute and Morgan Landers from Not On My Watch.
Sandringham Life Saving Club president Vicky McKay said she has already shared learnings from the conference with her fellow lifesavers.
“It was great to have a mix of sessions from LSV employees and club representatives to share that various experience as we learn and more forward together into the new season,” Ms McKay said.
“Having the sessions as an online resource to share with our club leadership teams is a terrific asset to take back to our clubs.
“I found the Lifesaving Capability and Resourcing Review (LCARR) session gave a very insightful look into the bigger picture of the wider community that we are a part of, and that data and research will be very interesting as we move forward with our own strategic plan that we are currently working on at Sandringham.”
LSV manager volunteer support David Potter said some key considerations for season 2021–22 are developing positive club culture and supporting member development, as well as mental health and wellbeing following the challenges associated with COVID-19.
The Club Culture of Training panel session presented by Elise McCorrison, Josephine McDowal, James Quine and Steven Thirlwall provided a club perspective on member training.
“The Club Culture of Training session covered the initial talent identification within lifesaving clubs, building a positive environment to encourage development and progressing members through advanced training,” Mr Potter said.
“By offering a positive environment that nurtures ongoing development, lifesaving clubs are likely to retain more members and will have more qualified lifesavers on patrol, keeping our communities safer.”
Another popular session was Emergency Management and Lifesaving Services, presented by area lifesaving manager west Paul Lunny, which explored LSV’s place in the wider emergency management sector.
“As an emergency service, it is vital that our members are informed and understand the structures in place, including how we integrate with the wider emergency management sector,” Mr Potter said.
“This session provided further insight of our clubs’ roles within Victoria’s emergency management sector and emergency procedures within the lifesaving space.”
If you were unable to attend LSV’s 2021 Club Conference, or would like to catch up on a session, head to lsv.com.au/club-conference to view the recordings and slide decks.