The On the Same Wave (OTSW) program is a community service and has been actively promoted by SLSSA since December 2007 in order to engage with and recruit people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) and those from Indigenous communities.
Traditionally speaking, migrants, refugees and people from CALD backgrounds have been over-represented in both national and state drowning figures and, as such, have been identified by aquatic safety authorities as a ‘high risk’ group. Encouraging greater ethnic participation in Surf Life Saving has been identified as a key priority in order for clubs to be able to sustain member numbers and serve the Australian population effectively.
The OTSW program varies from information provision to training to be a Surf Life Saver. The provision depends on the identified needs and capabilities of the person or community.
For over 6 years, Henley SLSC has been actively involved in the program, training young people from CALD and Indigenous backgrounds to become members of the surf life saving family by providing training in First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation, Radio Certificate and the Bronze Medallion. We have a group of committed volunteers who manage this program and are always looking for helpers to assist with water cover, teaching swimming and teaching all aspects of Life Saving.
If you would like to know more about the program or take part, please email [email protected] for more information
The HSLSC Snippers program is designed to increase the reach and inclusivity of disability programs by running a modified Juniors program that welcomes children with any disability with the intention of providing an inclusive environment that delivers a disability program for surf safety, but with the goal of integration into the Nipper program (with extra support if required) as the children’s skills improve.
The program runs for approximately 6 weeks during the summer lifesaving season, at the same time as Nippers for inclusivity. The program runs along similar lines to Nippers with skills and tasks modified to suit the participants in our program.
The program began in the 2018/19 season, and was an overwhelming success.
If you would like to know more about the program or take part, please email [email protected] for more information.
Henley SLSC became involved with the beach access mat provided by the City of Charles Sturt in the 2018/19 season. We provide additional support while on patrol in the vicinity of the access mat to ensure the safety of those using the mat and the beach. The mat is generally deployed Thursday through to Sunday and Public Holidays from its initial roll out in early December until the last patrol of the season. We also provide access to two Mobi Chairs and one beach chair. These chairs are owned by the City of Charles Sturt but cleaned and cared for generally by the club with repairs being undertaken by the Council.
Henley SLSC is working with Inclusive Beaches to have Henley Beach listed in the Inclusive Beaches Australia.