Rookie Lifesaver Program is in the third season in the Illawarra.
Last seasons program was an overwhelming success with over 270 participants
graduating. The rewards of the Rookie Program are being experienced
in all of the participating clubs. The membership figures for the
under 16 age groups have shown a dramatic increase as has the awareness
of the opportunities available to all lifesavers increased.
Rookie Lifesaver Program is only as successful as the support people
in the clubs. The credit for the success lies in the commitment
from the Club Coordinators, club helpers and participants who used
consultancy and group problem solving methods to support each other
and the programs objectives.
The Branch is
committed to the development strategies that have been employed
for our youth and leadership people and the Rookie Lifesaver Program
is but one example of this.
To develop the
skills and abilities of young people through participation in surf
life saving that will benefit the future options of the Rookies
and the local community.
To conduct a
Rookie Lifesaver Program that will:
- Be positive,
healthy and educational for participants.
- Promote self
development through community service.
- Prepare the
participants for senior lifesaving.
- Train patrolling
lifesavers for the future.
the ideals of surf life saving australia.
Aims of Program
the lifesaving and personal skills of the young members.
- Develop a
steady flow of junior lifesavers into the patrolling ranks.
- Promote "practical
lifesaving" to the younger members.
- Provide a
transition between nipper and senior lifesaving.
- Provide a
structured career path in surf lifesaving.
To assist with
the education and development of the Rookie Lifesavers, additional
activities are included in the Rookie Lifesaver Program. The Rookie
Activities may be an extension of lifesaving functions, social events
or field visits. The Rookie Lifesaver Program is aimed at participation
and developing patrolling lifesavers not creating elite competitors.
- Field Visits
- Rescue Helicopter / Shark Patrol.
- Branch Radio
- Other Emergency
Service Facilities le ambulance, police, SES, fire/bush/fire station,
mines rescue, coastal patrol etc.....
Events - patients for Bronze exams, First Aid and Patrol Competitions.
- Assist at
local surf carnivals.
- Fun Activities
- novelty surf carnivals.
- Visits to
- Movie nights.
- Ten pin bowling
Events - charity collectors, lifesaving displays, Christmas gift
- Club Activities
- fundraisers, carnivals, teaching Surf Ed to nippers, assisting
with nipper water safety.
- Sleep overs.
email for further information.