keep all Illawarra Club Members informed on current news
and developments, The
Illawarra Credit Union is helping by sponsoring this
Australian Lifesaving Academy
and the State Education Managers/CEO are working closely
together to establish Business Plans for the Academy. The
objective for the Academy has been set by the Australian
Government and there will be a Business Planning Workshop
next Wednesday to identify key characteristics of where
the Academy will be heading nationally and at a state level.
Please note that applications for the Position of National
Academy Manager have now closed. Further updates will be
advised as they are known.
SLSA Award Matrix
National BOLS endorsed a submission to go to the Public
Safety Training Advisory Board on the inclusion of further
Lifesaving awards into the VET Framework. This submission
will be worked on by SLSA and the Advisory Board over the
next few months with further discussions intended to happen.
Some of the key submissions include: IRB Crew, SurfCom,
ORB/JRB, Heli, and Duty Officer.
SLSA Training Resources
Finalised resources for ARC, Defib, and Spinal are now on
the SLSA Website. The new SLSA Powercraft Manual is also
available for purchase from Creata
NBOLS confirmed its position on Resuscitation Changes with
some minor questions being asked. A full detail of some
of these questions will be answered through the Proficiency
Pack for 2006.
were once again set as a minimum standard for the country
with minor additions in NSW including the CPR and SOPS for
Patrol Captains. This will be fully published in the Proficiency
Facilitation Vs Training and Assessment
National Board of Lifesaving endorsed the further inclusion
of Facilitator Endorsement for:
Quo remains where Facilitators must hold a Certificate IV
in Training and Assessment and are required to apply for
endorsement from the State Director of Lifesaving.
changes will be made to the SLSNSW SOP and Facilitator Forms.
Numbers are out! There is no longer a need for such things
as proficiency numbers. All proficiencies are to be documented
in the book / pad etc and the date of proficiency entered
onto SurfGuard. For competition purposes Audits will be
conducted by cross referencing Proficiency Books / padsand
Name Tags for Trainers and Assessors
Tags for Trainers and Assessors are available from Creata
Basic Emergency Care Certificate
minimum age for Basic Emergency Care has now been lowered
to 11 years of age.
minimum age for Defibrillation has been lowered to 15.
Inclusion of ARC, Spinal and Defib in the BM
NBOLS had a lengthy discussion about the inclusion of the
above awards possibly being included in the BM as they now
only are small time additions to the BM and are they relevant
to what the community demands are
NBOLS did not agree to the discussion however Strongly Recommended
that members participate in these awards to increase their
skills level and reduce their time in training within the
next year. Please not it is not mandatory.
Extrication of Diver Policy/SOP
will be working on a SOP for the Extrication of Divers suffering
a DCI or Air Embolism and submitting it to the next National
SLSA Patient handover
National Patient handover Form has been endorsed. This will
be available on the SLSA website and for NSW clubs a first
copy will be sent prior to the season. The details of its
use will be explained in the 2006 Proficiency Pack.
R&D Committee will be reviewing towing procedures for
a boat by an IRB. Any Comments when the review occurs please
forward them to John Restuccia or Dean Storey.
will be continuing R&D with their Data Track system
for IRBs, RWC,s etc in line with SLSA IT systems.
will be conducting a skills audit for current patrols around
Australia to grasp what the minimum patrolling requirements
should be for lifesavers / lifeguards.
Lifesaving and Medical Policies have now been reviewed and
the new ones will be on the SLSA Website in approximately
4 weeks. SLSNSW will be replicating these changes in the
Helmets and PFD for IRB
motion to include Helmets and PFDs from Victoria as
compulsory equipment for IRB Drivers was not endorsed. This
should not discourage people from using helmets or PFDs
Patrol Service Awards
has now included 35 years and 45 years as Patrol Service
minimum hours for Patrol Service Awards is 16.
Cold Water Policy
and the National Medical officer will be working on a SOP
for activities conducted in Cold Water as part of OH&S.
Shark Safety Log
Shark Safety Log was noted by the NBOLS and will be placed
on the SLSA Website Information regarding its use
in NSW will be in the Proficiency Pack 2006.
Blue Bottle Stings
SLSA TREATMENT OF BLUE BOTTLE STINGS REMAINS AS THE PREFERRED
AND ONLY TREATMENT FOR BLUE BOTTLES UNTIL FURTHER STUDIES
HAVE BEEN DONE See SLSA Media Release.
National Signage Manual
National Signage Manual will be going to Print in the next
couple of weeks.
National BOLS endorsed its position that the Feathered R&Y
Flag is best practice. SLSA will once again place a motion
towards Standards Australia to have this adopted.
Helmets for RWCs
NBOLS endorsed that Helmets (as per SLSA Specs) shall be
a minimum PPE for RWC Operators. SLSNSW Directors will discuss
methods of adoption at next meeting.
cylinder 30hp motors have been approved for lifesaving operations.
The NBOLS have recommended to the National Board of Surf
Sports that for competition purposes that 25hp remain the
Lifesaving Service Calculator
is currently working on a modified version of the Lifeguard
Services Calculator to determine minimum patrolling requirements
for Lifesavers. It is not envisaged at this point in time
that this will be ready for the 2006 season.