Lorne Mower November 2019



  • Presidents Report
  • Club Captains report
  • Nippers Report
  • From the Boats
  • From the Boards and Skis
  • Awards of excellence recipients
  • Roof Replacement project update
  • Training and Assessment
  • Club sponsorship packages
  • Lifesaving Overseas
  • Did you know?
  • Patrol Dates Calendar

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Lock it In! Upcoming dates

Skills Maintenance Weekend (This weekend!)  23rd/24th Novmeber

Saturday 11am – Working Bee at the Industrial Estate. BBQ From 1pm

Saturday 7pm – Barefoot Bowls and Dinner at the Bowls club. $15 to have a roll, drinks and dinner at bar prices.

Sunday 10am – Skills Maintenance

Sunday 1pm – Surf Sisters Launch event!

First Volunteer Patrol – Kicks off on Saturday 31st November from 1pm

Chinese family open day – 1st December from 11am. Teaching water safety to a local CALD community group from China, based in Colac.


Welcome to another edition of the Lorne Mower.

As we head towards another season full of club activities, it is important to remind all our members what is vital for Lorne and all Surf Life Saving Clubs – keeping our beaches safe.

The club is open again after the big job to replace the roof. This was many years in planning and now it’s great to finally have it complete. Thanks for your patience and understanding during the closure.

It was a big night at the Surf Life Saving Australia Awards of Excellence, and we are very proud that Jess Sincock was awarded the Australian Trainer of the year. In addition, Jess, along with Ellen Porter, Sam Ord and Nick Murnane received a certificate of merit award for an amazing rescue performed last year. Well done everyone!

The Pier to Pub is coming into its 40th year and John Takac and the events committee have been working hard in the background to make it a wonderful event. We are excited to share the fantastic news that Powercor have come on as a new major sponsor for the next 5 years. A big thank you to Mike Napolitano and Steve Longley for all their work on securing this valuable sponsorship.

It is early in the season and so much is already happening at the club. The Nippers development squad is up and running on Friday Nights (from 4:30pm) and Sunday Mornings (at 10:00am) with numbers increasing from last year. We are looking forward to some better weather but it is amazing to see so many of our young members out in the water. A big thank you to Kirilee Wilson and Karen Stribling for putting all this together and to the many parents and volunteers who are helping out.

It is also great to see our youth and seniors board and ski team dive right into training mode with Brent Enticott coordinating the training. It’s fantastic to see so many new faces in the youth area joining in and giving it a try. In the boat area, many of the crews hardly had a break and continued training during the winter. Such hard training is paying off with Lorne Edge making the final of the first race in the Ocean Thunder series and finishing second. Great work team!

The training area has been super busy with the Bronze and Silver camps now sold out. We have great numbers for the adult bronze and the requal date is locked in. There have been many changes to our training requirements, so it is a great effort by the team to have so many options available so quickly. Thank-you to all involved.

As we head into patrol season, we need all hands on deck and as many people on patrol as possible, so please check out your patrol dates and lock them. And with our events, the Pier to Pub and Mountain to Surf, we need all the help we can get, so please register your details and help out where you can. It is much appreciated.

Thank you again for all who have done, and continue to do, so much great work to make this season another great one at Lorne Surf Life Saving Club.

See you on the Beach!


Paul McMaster

Paul McMaster, President

From the club captain

Season 2019/2020 is here!

A lot has happened in Lifesaving over the past 6 months. We’ve had patrol members travel to Sri Lanka, Japan, and the Northern Territory! We’ve had members recognised at the Awards of excellence both at a state level and a national level.  Congratulations to John Takac for being recognised as the Victorian Volunteer of the Year, to Jess Sincock as the Victorian and Australian Trainer of the year, and to Ellen Porter, Samuel Ord, Nick Murnane and Jess Sincock for being awarded an SLSA Group Meritorious award for a mass rescue performed in December 2018.

Shortly, each active member will receive a letter from me. This will outline patrol obligations as well as a patrol calendar and some lifesaving pathways advice. Patrol numbers are building again which is excellent, we had a good improvement last year but we really need your help to keep the beach safe. You can help by getting on the beach and patrolling as well as seeking opportunities to upskill and gain new qualifications. Have a chat to Darcy Carew or email training@lornesurfclub.com.au to find out more about training opportunities coming up.

Id like to introduce our new Vice Club Captain, Jess Sincock. Jess is a brilliant leader and has been working really hard behind the scenes on getting this season up and running, thanks Jess.

Whilst I am thanking people, Id also like to thank the Lifesaving Subcommittee for their work in getting our equipment ready leading into the season. Well done Samuel Ord, Lucas Karlson, Louis Rait and Jack Slykhuis.

We have lots of great programs and activities around the club at the moment but id like to mention the new Surf Sisters Initiative. This brilliant group hope to empower and support women around our club with both lifesaving pathways and life skills. One of the great things they will be doing this season is the Pink Patrol on January 18th. To find out more, come along to the launch event, straight after Skills Maintenance this Sunday at 1pm in front of the club.


Samuel Aschhoff, Club Captain


Nippers News

Nippers Development Squad and Competition Team

Nippers Development Squad has started with a flood of enthusiasm despite cool weather.  Perfect surf conditions at our home break has seen all nippers smiling proud of their achievements on the boards.  We have had lots of rainbows the first few sessions.

Development squad is for all nippers u7s to u13s and runs every Friday 4.30-6pm and Sunday 10-11.30am. Sessions are focused on fun and learning, with time spent in water on board and swim and beach activities.  Sessions cannot run without water safety so squad members must join and RSVP on TEAMAPP prior to each session.

The Lorne nippers competition team had a successful season last summer finishing 4th overall at State Titles in Lorne thanks to great efforts by all our age group teams.   We hope all our team members will return and we welcome new team members.   This summer we have 8 carnivals culminating in State Title in Warrnambool on the March long weekend 7-9th March.

A few of our nippers (Zahli Cockle, Will Newton, Jack McKerron, Ryder Vearing, Jesse Russell, Patrick Sheehan) are representing Lorne at the Endurance Championships in Mornington 1st December taking on the challenge of long distance events.  For example u12s:  2km Board, 1km Swim, 2km Run.

Photo Credit above: Leon Walker Photography

Who’s Looking Forward to Summer?  400+ nippers, that’s who!

With registrations about to close we’ve got another full program, some age groups positively bursting at the seams.

Nippers this year runs from 28 December until 5 Jan, which will be the Club Championship Day.

Pick up your nippers kit on the afternoon of 27 December (from 4pm-6pm) at the club house.

There are some exciting new things for nippers this year.   We are really pleased to be using an ocean and environmentally friendly product for our nippers gear this year.  All the rashies and long sleeve tops will be made with a fabric called REPREVE, made from recycled plastic bottles.  The long sleeve tops will be 40% recycled plastic bottles, the rashies 100%.

What else is new? Especially for the older groups (U11-U14) a couple of special guests are joining us on Dec 29th for some specialist swim training.  Plus the older groups might need to be ready for some slightly longer days, we’re trying to ever so slightly rework the program so you get more time doing what you love – nippers!   More details to follow in mid-December.

Haven’t registered yet?  You’ll need to be super quick.

There is still space (at time of writing) in U7, U11, U12, U13 and U14 SRC.  But don’t delay, registrations MUST close at the end of this month.


Looking forward to seeing you all soon for some fun, sun and good safe times on the beach.

Cheers, Jo and Bec

From the Boats!

From the Boats!

Lorne Open men and Open women competed in the first round of the SLSA Ocean Thunder Surfboat Series at Dee Why Beach on Saturday.
Both crews have been amazingly supported by local businesses, the LORNE BEACH PAVILION and the GRAND PACIFIC HOTEL.
The series spans four events across the summer and our crews have proudly represented the Club with some great results on Saturday.
Our Open Women continue to deliver finishing in 2nd place after 8 grueling boat races. An amazing result, well done!
The new combination in our men’s crew offered some promising signs for the coming season, winning their way through the qualifying rounds but missing the final after not getting any love from the ocean.
The season looks really positive for both crews.
Thanks again to the Beach Pavilion and Grand Pacific Hotel.

From the Boards and Skis!

Board and Ski pre-season training is well underway with great numbers and turnout. We currently have around 15 training along the Surf Coast, and we expect those numbers to swell to 25+ by the first carnival!

Technique and skills are being coached by Chris Porter of World Paddle and Brent Enticott. The competitors also have strength and conditioning exercises developed by Mark Cera. Thank you to all involved. Its a great time to be in the Board and Ski!

Its never too late to have a go at competition! Contact Brent Enticott or Vice President of Competition via email competition@lornesurfclub.com.au to find out how you can get involved.

Lifesaving Victoria and Surf Lifesaving Australia Awards of Excellence

On behalf of the entire club, the committee would like to congratulate the following recipients of State and National Awards of Excellence for 2019. Your work and effort for our club is incredible. Thank you. 

‘Graeme Long Memorial Medal’ Victorian Volunteer of the Year – John Takac

Victorian and Australian Volunteer Trainer of the Year – Jess Sincock

Outstanding Achievement of the Year – Lorne – Gunbalanya Community Partnership

SLSA Group Meritorious Award – At Lorne on Friday 14 December 2018, Ellen Porter and Jess Sincock in an IRB & Samuel Ord using a rescue board, successfully rescued two teenagers near the rocks at the west corner of the beach. A challenging rescue with little margin for error, successfully completed.

We have our club back!

I am pleased to announce that the club is finally open after two long months of construction replacing the roof. I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as this was a necessary project that we were aiming to have completed before the new season.

I would to say a massive thank you KC Roof Plumbing for their hard work and excellent finish on the job. It definitely wasn’t an easy job, especially transporting all the material down to Lorne!

We’ve also had an increase in security with new security cameras being installed around the club. Thanks to James Carew for organising the installation.

Now that construction is completed, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone down the coast for patrols, training and just enjoying the summer!

Jenny Aschhoff

VP – House

Training and Assessment (Including details for your skills maintenance/requal)

Lorne’s main requal for the 2019/20 season will be happening this Sunday 24th November, starting at 10:00am.  A reminder that anyone who received an award or did the skill maintenance last season needs to attend the skills maintenance this year to get themselves re-qualified for this season.  However, if you are attending this years Bronze camp then you do not need to requal.

Please ensure that you have paid your membership fees, information on how to do this can be found through the following link: http://www.lornesurfclub.com.au/members-home/membership-and-payments/

Once you have paid your membership please completed the online theory paper before the day to ensure a quick and easy re-qualification.  To complete the online theory paper, go to the following link and log in with your details: https://mt.lsv-from-anywhere.com.au/login?org=lsv

Once you have logged on, you will see a Skills Maintenance section, here you can find all the online theory papers and then, once completed, register for any of the skills maintenance sessions across the region, including all the Lorne Skills Maintenance days.  Make sure that you save all your certificates on your phone/tablet and have them ready to be presented on the day to an assessor. Please also ensure that your Working with Children’s Check is valid and if you have just turned 18, ensure you get your card and bring it with you.

This year Lorne is having two additional skills maintenance days, the first on Sunday 8th December starting at 2:00pm and the last on Sunday 29th December starting at 9:00am.  Please note: Those who are attending the Silver camp this year are encouraged to attend the requal on the 8th December.

Can’t make it those weekends?  Don’t worry, there will be other Skills Maintenance weekends occurring across the state.  Please see below potential other requalification dates across the Surf Coast.  Attending another clubs requalification should only be done if there is no way you can attend Lorne’s.

Sat 23 Nov – 9:00am – Jan Juc

Sun 24 Nov – 9:00am – Anglesea

Sun 24 Nov – 10:00am – Lorne

Wed 27 Nov – 6:30pm – Jan Juc

Sat 30 Nov – 1:00pm – Jan Juc

Sat 7 Dec – 1:00pm – Anglesea

Sun 8 Dec – 1:00pm – Torquay

Sun 8 Dec – 2:00pm – Lorne

Sat 14 Dec – 9:00am – Fairhaven

Sat 21 Dec – 9:00am – Jan Juc

Sun 22 Dec – 9:00am – Anglesea

Sat 28 Dec – 9:00am – Fairhaven

Sun 29 Dec – 9:00am – Lorne

Sun 29 Dec – 12.00pm – Torquay

Mon 30 Dec – 2:00pm – Anglesea

As mentioned above, all these dates can be found on Members training from anywhere once you have completed your theory papers.

This year there has been a change to the process which will require you to complete more activities then what you would be used to.  Along with the traditional run-swim-run, signals, board/tube rescue and patient assessment with CPR you will be required to demonstrate First Aid Skills with a first aid scenario and spinal scenario and lastly you will be introduced to the new radios the club rolled out during the last season.  More information will be provided on the day of your requal.

If you have any questions regarding the Skills Maintenance weekends, please contact Samuel Ord – chief_assessor@lornesurfclub.com.au

Club sponsorship packages are now available!

Your greatly appreciated sponsorship will support the clubs programs, activities and competition, as well as acquiring new lifesaving equipment ensuring our lifesavers are well equipped, highly skilled and engaged and ultimately keeping our beautiful beach more safe for all! Please note; this sponsorship is not a sponsorship package relating to the P2P or M2S events.

To purchase a package, or to find out more information, please contact Heath Armstrong via email at sponsorship@lornesurfclub.com.au

Members overseas for lifesaving!

Jenny Aschhoff Teaching Lifesaving in Japan this year as part of the Japan Lifeguard exchange program offered by Surf Lifesaving Australia

Jess Sincock Teaching Lifesaving in Sri Lanka this year as a part of the Building Leaders Scholarship offered by Lifesaving Victoria

Did you know?

Lifesaving can actually help you get into University! Many Universities have application programs that reward people who participate in community service such as lifesaving!
We’ve listed a few programs below, check it out.




So have a look at your preferred Uni for these types of programs and come get on patrol. Lifesaving can open many doors!

Patrol Dates for season 2019/2020

Come and get some sand beneath your toes this summer! Always remember to swim between the flags.

See you there, The Lorne SLSC

November 21, 2019 Peter