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Otago / Southland CSO Update

23rd June 2016
Hello Everyone,

Well done to everybody who was involved in the eventful 2015/16 season!
This summer was much busier than the previous season with over 700 more volunteer hours patrolled at our beaches. Overall a summary of the patrol statistics were; 7,745.50 volunteer hours, 36 rescues, 35 First Aid Incidents 10 searches and 1,144 preventative actions throughout the Otago/Southland region.
This CSO update will fill you in on the transition period from last season, looking forward to the 2016/17 season with the first event on the Activity calendar commencing next month at Moana Pool, Dunedin.
In terms of Lifeguarding, there are a couple of courses coming up to continue up-skilling our membership and direct them through the pathway of a Surf Lifeguard.
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In this Edition:
  • Summary of the 2016 Awards of Excellence
  • Marine VHF Radio Operators Course
    • Dunedin
    • Invercargill
  • 2016 Cadbury Jaffa Race
  • Committee Expression's of Interest
  • Otago Swimming Interclub
  • 2016 Southern Region Pool Championships
  • Dive Otago Opportunity

Sam Clutterbuck
027 457 1010

Summary of the 2016 Awards of Excellence
The Awards of Excellence took place at the Dunedin Lone Star Cafe and Bar on Friday 29th April 2016.

Several participants from all six clubs attended the evening with Brent Matehaere as the MC and Oreti SLSC taking out the 2016 Top Club of the year Trophy!  A summary of the Excellence trophies were awarded too:

Les Jordan Memorial Trophy (Volunteer of the Year)
Owen West - Oreti

Innovation of the Year
Max Corboy: Radio Network - St Kilda

Duke Gillies Memorials Trophy (Coach of the Year)
Michael Trembath - St Clair

Sports Person of the Year
Erika Fairweather - St Clair

Sport Team of the Year
U21 IRB Team - St Clair

Instructor of the Year
Alex Sutherland - Brighton

Surf Official of the Year
Doug Henderson - Kaka Point

Presidents Trophy
James Coombes - St Clair

Event Guard of the Year
Matthew Bradley - St Clair

Regional Lifeguard of the Year
Blake Porteous - Brighton

Rescue of the Year
St Clair - February 2016 - Cam Burrow, Ossian Woods, Angus MacKenzie, Hamish Trembath

Surf Lifeguard of the Year
Nic Brice - St Kilda 

Club of the Year

A full summary of Award winners can be found at 2016 Otago-Southland Awards of Excellence Winners.

Marine VHF Radio Operators Course - Dunedin
The Marine VHF Radio Operators Award is essential for members looking to gain Senior Lifeguard Awards, such as their Patrol Captains Certificate or IRB Drivers. It is seen to being the next step after achieving your Surf Lifeguard Award.
The VHF Radio course gives you a better understanding of how to use the radios and what the correct terminology is when using them during patrol.
Details of this course in Dunedin
Date: Thursday 14th July 2016
Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: St Clair SLSC upstairs room
Cost: $35.00 per person
This evening will be to learn the material you will need to know for your examination.

Date: Thursday 21st July 2016
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: St Clair SLSC upstairs room
This evening will be to have your verbal and written examination.

Registrations for this course close 5:00pm Wednesday 6th July 2016.

  • 14 years of age
  • Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
  • Current member of a SLS club
Marine VHF Radio Operators Course - Invercargill
This course is held in Invercargill to cater for the Southern members and will be held at Oreti Surf Life Saving Club. It will cover the same information as the Dunedin course.

If you cannot make either, there will be more courses later in the season.  
Details of this course in Invercargill:
Date: Sunday 24th July 2016
Time: 9:00am till 3:00pm
Venue: Oreti SLSC
Cost: To be confirmed

Registrations for this course close 5:00pm Wednesday 6th July 2016.

  • 14 years of age
  • Surf Lifeguard Award (refreshed)
  • Current member of a SLS club
2016 Cadbury Jaffa Race
The Cadbury Jaffa Race is coming around again and will take place down Baldwin Street on Friday 22nd July 2016. If you or your club would  like to sell some more tickets, please get in contact as there are still booklets in the Dunedin office, waiting to be sold. 

We will be stickering the Jaffa's on Saturday 2nd July 2016 at St Clair SLSC from 10:00am. If you are free this day, come share a hand to get all 25,000 Jaffa's numbered. There will be samples there, to get you through the day! 

On the day of the event we have been asked to do the sweeping again. If this sounds like something you would like to help with during the Jaffa Race, please let Sam Clutterbuck know as soon as possible. 

If you are around the area, swing by Baldwin Street and take a look at the spectacular day and let's hope the Sun can still be around at this time!
Expression of Interest for Local Committees
Expressions of Interest are now open for the Local Sport and Lifeguarding committees for the upcoming 2016/17 season.

If you would like to represent your club and help out on either of these committees you can find all the information on the Surf Life Saving website at SR Committee Documents under the Otago section.

At this location you will find the terms of reference descriptions outlining what each title involves.
Otago Pool Interclub - Balclutha
At the recent Otago/Southland club meeting we decided to run an Otago Pool Interclub to lead up to the Southern Regional Pool Champs later in July 2016. This event will be a good final practice session to go through each race that will be contested at the Southern Regional competition.

Next year we hope to further develop this inter-club in to an Otago Pool Championships and will schedule it in to the 2016/17 Activity Calendar.
The competition will be held in Balclutha on Sunday 3rd July 2016 from 10.00am and more information can be found at Otago 25m Pool Interclub.
Southern Region Pool Championships 2016
The Southern Region Pool Championships is coming up on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2016. This is the first Sporting event to kick of the 2016/17 season and takes place at Moana Pool, Dunedin.

More information about this event can be found at 2016 Southern Region Pool Champs.

Registrations for this event are now open and close at 5pm Monday 4th July 2016, there will be no late entries accepted.

If you wish to help event guarding in the water throughout the weekend please get in contact for further details.
Dive Course (Women's only)
Dive Otago are holding a Women’s Only Dive Day Course straight after the Southern Region Pool Championships on Sunday 17th July from 12.30pm to 2pm. 

This is a chance for any female competitors over 10 years old, (mums as well) to participate.  More information on this can be found on Dive Otago’s Facebook page at Women's Dive Day, supported by Dive Otago.
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