Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving Club's members attained a staggering 179 new awards during the 2015/2016 patrolling season. At the start of the season Chief Instructor, Kimberley Gee looked over the patrol roster and after noticing opportunities for further award training set about with the aim to have every actively patrolling member gain one new award…..and we almost got there! Currently 81 members actively patrol. 69 of those members achieved 179 awards.
This season the club conducted 16 courses across 10 awards, and had members participate in external training in 3 further awards (SFAC, Assessors Certificate, Facilitators certificate). The season kicked off with an IRB Driver and Crew Camp in October which combined with IRB Crew training in January resulted in 4 new IRB Drivers and 29 IRB Crew. The Bronze Medallion Camp and SRC squad training saw 17 new awards in Radio Operator's Certificate, 17 Surf Rescue Certificates and 20 Bronze Medallions.
Over the peak summer period the club held two Spinal courses, two AID courses, three IRB Crew courses, BBM, TOC and a Junior Official Course. Two club members also participated in the Bass District Development Camp.
As a result of all this training the club gained 30 new Advanced Resuscitation Certificate holders, 30 Spinal Management holders, 8 Basic Beach Management, 3 Senior First Aid, 9 Junior Officials, 5 Training Officer Certificate holders and 2 Assessor/Facilitators.
The more qualified the patrols are, the higher the standard of patrolling the club can offer. A big thank you to all the trainers and assessors who have volunteered their time to assist members achieve these new awards. Together we can achieve so much.