A regular update from SA's Leading Authority for Pool Safety, Swim & Survive and Aquatics Services
Royal Life Saving is a public benevolent institution (PBI), a deductible gift recipient (DGR) and a registered training organisation (RTO) dedicated to reducing drowning and turning everyday people into everyday community lifesavers. Royal Life Saving is focused on reducing drowning and promoting healthy, active and skilled communities through innovation, reliability, evidence based advocacy; strong and effective partnerships; quality programs, products and services; underpinned by a cohesive and sustainable national organisation. We are guided by the values of: Safety, Quality, Integrity and the Humanitarian tradition and have been serving the South Australian community for over 100 years.
Patron: His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Governor of South Australia
Vice Paton: Mr Gary Burns BM APM, Commissioner of South Australian Police
A note from our President
Royal Life Saving welcomes Barry Stanton OAM as the new President of Royal Life Saving. "It was with a great deal of pleasure and humility that I have accepted the role of President. In the past, The Society has been blessed by a number of superlative community leaders who have placed Royal Life Saving in a prominent position as the peak body for swimming, water safety and aquatics. I would like to thank and congratulate Robert Mackenzie AM for his fantastic leadership as President over a period of seventeen years and I am pleased that he has opted to stay in our administration as a member of the Board of Governance. I look forward to his guidance in my position as President during the ensuing years. Over the past few years, the organisation has experienced some down time in its community services and in its financial situation. As President, I shall be committed to a full re-instalment of us as the peak body with our new CEO Tony Taylor and his team at our recently refurbished headquarters on Sir Donald Bradman Drive at Cowandilla. I encourage those who have not yet visited our headquarters to drop in and see Tony and his hard working staff. Finally, we have some great new ventures for the immediate and long term future and I look forward to all our members continuing to be active in their many volunteer capacities and to promote The Society at all times" - Barry Stanton, OAM.
The Society welcomes Lesley Bartlett as our new Deputy President. Lesley's involvement with Royal Life Saving for nearly 50 years confirms her passion and commitment to saving lives through aquatics safety and first aid. Lesley maintains her currency of knowledge through participation on the Australian Resuscitation Council, AustSwim advisory group and the RLSSA Aquatics Training Advisory committee. Next month marks the 50th year of involvement with aquatics safety for Lesley, so look out for notices regarding a special event. Lesley assists as a Project Officer with our aquatics programs and is also the Chief Regional Liaison Officer (RLO) that oversees the network of RLO volunteers and Royal Life Saving Clubs. Lesley can be contacted at Royal Life Saving by email to email@example.com and by telephone on 0419 755 162. Our former Deputy President, Glenda Bowen Pain has spent the last 15 years on the board of governance and The Society thanks her for her dedicated contributions over this time. Glenda maintains an involvement at RLSSA through Lifesaving Sport.
Board Members Update
We welcome two new board members to The Society. Mr John Davis, who has recently been appointed to the Board of Governance has been involved with Royal life Saving for many years and has been a key stakeholder over this time. We look forward to his contributions through business-related skills and experience. We also welcome Mr John Venditto, Chief Superintendent Metropolitan Operations at SAPOL. John joins with a vast array of technical and organisational skills. We look forward to their contributions and welcome their input.
Royal Life Saving is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 0996) registered under the Australian Skills Quality Authority. The majority of our courses are nationally recognised that lead to the issuance of Units of Competency listed on a Statement of Attainment. We offer public courses and conduct tailored courses for employers on site or at our training headquarters at Cowandilla. Since last year, course certificates are issued to students pending a successful assessment on the day of training which has proven to be extremely popular. Royal Life Saving's Training and Bookings Manager, Gary Barber is keen to assist with all training enquiries and can be contacted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile on 0419 487 636. Click here for all course, dates, prices, locations and online bookings and payment facility.
Swim and Survive Program
Royal Life Saving's annual pre-Christmas holiday program was conducted at 50 sites across metropolitan and regional South Australia. The program attracted close to 3,000 children who undertook tuition across the 7 levels of the program to improve their swimming and aquatics safety skills. Our new online bookings website (www.royallifesavingsa.com.au) proved popular with the majority of enrolments and payments being received through the website prior to the program commencement on 20 December 2013. Lesley Bartlett, Project Officer worked alongside Instructors in Charge and Instructors to ensure that sites were fully resourced to cope with the demand. Instructor resources were sent to sites and were available on the Royal Life Saving website which maintained consistent information for Instructors to correctly deliver the program. The Swim Teacher Rescue Award courses were delivered each month from July to December and also proved popular with enrolment numbers exceeding expectations. We thank all those involved with the program including Swimming Centre Managers, Instructors & IC's, Lesley Bartlett and Royal Life Saving staff and volunteers. We are already busily preparing for the 2014 and 2015 programs, with all information available at www.royallifesavingsa.com.au
Vacswim Program 2014
The Higher Awards program this year was a success with over 300 enrolments into the various Awards. Royal Life Saving SA examiners worked alongside Instructors and parents to ensure a smooth process of examinations. We would like to thank all examiners and Denise Power and her staff at the YMCA Vacswim office for working co-operatively with our staff to ensure the best possible outcome for the community. We look forward to next year's program and have begun preparations already!
Damien Barber and Gary are continuing to do a great job to uphold our high quality Patrol Services at West Lakes. This service is carried out on every weekend, School and public holiday throughout the year. A recent negotiation with Brett Ralph from Rowing SA now includes a patrol for all Regatta events at West Lakes. We are also pleased to report the second event we have patrolled along the River Torrens for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's SANTOS Symphony Under the Stars event held at Elder Park during February. Requests for Patrol Services may be made to email@example.com
We welcome 2 new RTO trainers that have joined the contract trainer team at Royal Life Saving including Martin Brakman and David Machen. We look forward to their quality contributions as they deliver accredited training to our valued customers. The updated Independent Contractors Agreement is available on our website at www.royallifesavingsa.com.au/forms
We are pleased to report that we have recently experienced an increase in the number of volunteers that are working in the office. Under the direction of Karen Freak, our Customer Service Manager, volunteers from Volunteering SA/NT and Maxima have been joining our Customer Service Team and assisting with a range of clerical and administrative tasks. This support is extremely beneficial to The Society and is appreciated. We are keen to support volunteers and can provide training and experience across a number of office administration competencies. If you would like to support The Society or know someone who would, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources Web Portal
A reminder that a new web portal has been developed for use by Royal Life Saving RLO's, trainers, instructors, examiners and other volunteers. The portal includes resources, forms and agreements which can be downloaded 24/7. Click here to access the portal labelled as Forms. To be issued with a password, please contact the Karen, Gary or Lesley on 8210 4500 or by email to email@example.com
Look out for a new division of Royal Life Saving. 'Lifeguarding Australia' will be launched in March 2014 as the one-stop-shop for all qualified and experienced lifeguards required for employment by pools. Lifeguarding Australia, a new Labour Hire division of RLSSA will recruit, train and place lifeguards for temporary employment across metropolitan and regional South Australian pools and centres. A web page on our site is being developed for job seekers and employers to use when looking for lifeguard staff. Lifeguarding Australia will offer attractive labour hire rates to pools as an Industry specific labour hire organisation. Initial enquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pool Lifesaving Sport
Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships, Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, 16-18 January 2014
1. Team members
Under 14 Male - Liam Bekric
Under 14 Female - Jemma Cleere, Alexandra Daugalis
Under 16 Male - Sax Bates, Jarad Everett-Quitadamo, Jordan Jurek
Under 16 Female - Annie Cleere
Under 19 Male - Albert Sztolc, Joshua Bekric
Under 19 Female - Georgie, Gore, Jess De Girolamo (Drafts)
Open Women - Vanessa Hubber (Team Captain), Alex Walker, Dale Kiele, Nikki Knights (drafts)
Open Men - Greig Brown, Matthew Perriman (Team Captain), Matt Taylor (Draft)
Masters Women - Gordana Kalanj
Head Coach - Gary Barber
Team Manager - Kelly Maidment
Officials - Briony Rundle, Glenda Bowen Pain
Under 14 Male Liam Bekric, 3 fourth placings, 1 fifth placing. Fourth, overall in the Under 14 boys. Liam is visually impaired.
Under 14 Female Alexandra Daugalis, 1 first placing, 1 second placing, 1 third placing and 1 fourth placing. Second overall in the Under 14 Girls.
Under 14 Female Jemma Cleere Silver Medal 50m Manikin Tow, Jemma Cleere Gold Medal U16 SERC (competing up)
Under 16 Male Jarad Everett-Quitadamo Gold medal 12.5m Line Throw, Jarad Everett-Quitadamo Gold medal U16 SERC, Sax Bates, Gold medal U16 SERC, Jordan Jurek, Gold U16 CPR
Under 16 Female Annie Cleere, Gold medal U16 SERC
Under 19 Male Josh Bekric, Silver medal U19 SERC, Albert Sztolc, Silver medal U19 SERC, Albert Sztolc, Silver U19 CPR
Under 19 Female Georgie Gore (Draft), Silver U19 SERC, Jess De Girolamo (Draft) Silver U19 SERC
Open Men, Greig Brown, Bronze 12.5m Line Throw
Masters Women Gordana Kalanj 61+, Gold 100m Obstacles, Gold 100m Manikin Carry, Gold 50m Manikin Carry, Gold 100m Manikin Tow, Gold12.5m Line Throw.
Gordana won the gold medal for the Overall points score for the 60+age group. A second SA team was entered in the Under 19 SERC consisting of Alexandra Dougalis (U14 competing up), Jordan Jurek (Under 16 competing up), Joel Maidment and Rachel Cooper (draft). This team was placed 4th with a score of 84 points which was only 3 points below 3rd placing. In summary, the Under 16 Team was equal first the U16 SERC and the U19 Team was second in the U19 SERC which was a great result and credit must go to Gary Barber for coaching the teams for this event. SA had a gold medal in U16 CPR and a silver medal in U19 CPR. SA had Gold in the U16 12.5m Line Throw and Bronze in the Open Men's 12.5m Line Throw.
Total medals: 9 Gold (If team event counted as 4, 12 gold medals), 3 Silver (if relays counted as 4, 6 silver medals) and 1 Bronze
Jarad Everett- Quitadamo established a record by winning a new event. (12.5m Line Throw) and was selected in the Junior Barras, the national junior team, for the second year in succession. Accommodation at the Australian Institute of Sport was excellent. There was a huge advantage in not having to travel to the pool, in having excellent meals provided on site and in being able to mix with members of other teams. The rooms were equipped with fans and air conditioners which were essential because of the heat wave conditions. The pool is well suited to hosting a national championship.
The Welcome Function was well organised and the team looked very smart in the dress uniform at the very successful Presentation Dinner. At all times team members represented the State with dignity and decorum.
The Team Manager did an excellent job. All travel and accommodation arrangements worked successfully and the difficult job of coordinating the activities of athletes ranging in age from under 14 years to 61 years was handled very well. One team member suffered an ankle injury which necessitated visits to two hospitals and involved a great deal of consultation with the parents. The role of Team Manager is not as easy one. Teams for team events must be selected in conjunction with the Head Coach and there is a great deal of communication at an administrative level with the Event Manager through the Competitor Liaison Officer. The Team Manager must see that all nominations are submitted by the closing date and ensure that all competitors are in the marshalling area at the appropriate time. The Head Coach worked well with the Team Manager and the results speak for the training undertaken by the team.
A Tribute to Ted Hunter
As the year moves ahead quickly, we remind all annual fee members to update their memberships by 30 June for the 2014/2015 year. Reminders will be sent to all annual fee members, who will be able to re-subscribe at our website by clicking here. Members will be able to complete an online subscription form and submit payment online. We thank all annual fee members for supporting The Society knowing that their very reasonably priced membership fee goes towards resources and equipment, which is used to provide our services to the community. For enquiries, please contact Karen Freak, Membership Officer by email to email@example.com or by telephoning 08 8210 4500. We also report the unfortunate passing of 2 of our members. Ted Hunter who was also a Regional Liaison Officer at Murray Bridge passed away on 12 October, 2013. Thank you to Brendan Watts, who spoke about the contributions made by Ted to Royal Life Saving at the AGM.
"Ted was a very dedicated man in his passion in relation to education in water safety, teaching and in management of pools. Ted began this pathway many years ago, but was to eventually end up at Murray Bridge – managing the Murray Bridge Pool. Ted held this management position right up to a very short time ago. He managed all aspects of this position, including his staff with the continual desire to maintain very high standards with nothing less than 100% in safety. I examined at this pool with Ted over a number of years, and always found it was very rewarding in the respect that our expectations of standards were of the same level, and knowing that the results were, that candidates who were trying to achieve these awards were fully capable of these achievements when we passed them in their respective awards. Ted was always willing to extend himself in this area – for whatever was required was done – regardless of time or effort. There was no time frame – Ted was in his element giving scenarios to students and encouraging extensions on their results. Discussions with Ted at any time or time found was time well spent. Water safety and education is never-ending, - on the phone, pool side or over coffee. Ted was the recipient of – President’s Letter, Letter of Appreciation, Associate (SA Branch) Certificate of Thanks (National Branch), Certificate of Thanks (Commonwealth Council) and Citation (SA Branch). Thanks for the journey Ted – I Salute You." Rhonda McCarthy (Retired 2012. RLO/Swim Teacher/Examiner).
John Kew, a Life Member also passed away on 1 February, 2014. On behalf of The Society, we pass our best wishes on to the families. At the request of John's family, donations were made to Royal Life Saving, which were deeply appreciated.
Collins Warner House
The Collins Warner property which is owned by Royal Life Saving is about to embark on a second make-over. A Work for the Dole project will be commencing during March with a building supervisor and 10 to 15 participants undertaking a cosmetic overhaul to the interior and exterior of the building. As The Society is keen to lease the property, any leasing enquiries may be directed to the CEO on 0400 976 761 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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