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THE Venus Bay Surf Lifesaving Club has
been shortlisted as a finalist for Lifesav-
ing Victoria’s Club of the Year 2015-16.
The honour comes after a fantastic season for
the club that saw Nipper numbers increase by 10 per
cent to a record, membership rise by 24 percent, and
a record number of beach visitors.
Club members gained a record of 179 awards –
more than three per patrolling members – fundrais-
ing increased by 58 percent, patrol hours rose by 21
percent and surf rescues increased by 1200 percent.
First aid administered rose by 50 percent, pre-
ventative actions increased by 24 percent, patrol
compliance and efficiency rose by 46 percent, and
competition results improved by 25 percent.
Club president Craig Watson was delighted the
club is being recognised for its valuable contribution
to the community at Lifesaving Victoria level.
“We have been continually improving in all
facets of operation from patrols, to membership,
to Nippers, to competition, to education and train-
ing and community involvement over a number
of years, and are extremely proud of what we are
achieving,” he said.
“Venus Bay is rated in the top three most dangerous
beaches in Victoria and it is a testament to our members
that swimming between the flags is kept so safe.
“We have come a long way in immersing our-
selves in the local Venus Bay and Tarwin commu-
nity, but will continue to work with all community
groups to make the region an example of what can
be achieved when working together.”
The club ran a Swim Between the Flags mara-
thon Gippsland Lakes Swim, raising awareness and
funds for Gippsland surf lifesaving clubs.
The club introduced the Starfish program to Nip-
pers that encourages and supports children with dis-
abilities to join Nippers.
“We increased our community participation in
conjunction with the Venus Bay Community Cen-
tre, CFA, CERT, Tarwin Bowls Club and the Tarwin
Football and Netball Club,” Mr Watson said.
The club has been invited to present a final sub-
mission to the Lifesaving Victoria Honours and
Awards Committee with other finalists in June.
“No matter the outcome, we are extremely proud
of the achievements and progress the club has made
FEDERATION Training is currently one
of the only training providers to offer
adult VCE fully online, meaning adult
learners from across the state can com-
plete their VCE (Victorian Certificate of
Education), with the flexibility and sup-
port they require.
Adult VCE is specifically designed for people
over the age of 21, who are looking to obtain their
VCE, either for self-development, further study or
The course is extremely flexible to suit specific
student requirements, with students over the age of
18 and out of school for at least 12 months, being
able to complete their VCE without having to do
Year 11, as well as the option of sitting Year 12 ex-
ams to receive an ATAR score, ideal for those wish-
ing to pursue further study.
“This is not a VCE equivalent - it is the same
VCE you get in secondary school, but setup specifi-
cally for adult learners,” said Mark Shelton, educa-
tion manager – foundation and trades at Federation
Additionally, Federation Training has recently
been approved to offer VCE on a Northern Hemi-
sphere timetable, making the TAFE the only adult
training provider approved to run on a northern
For students, this means they will no longer have
to wait until February to commence their Year 12
certificate, with the first mid-year intake commenc-
ing in July this year.
“The new mid-year intake will appeal to students
who may have missed out on the February intake or
who began a subject mid-year, didn’t pass and wish
to repeat,” Mr Shelton said.
The course is easily accessible online via Fed-
eration Training’s Moodle site, plus students have
access to VIT registered teachers via phone, email
and online webinars, which are recorded for those
who can’t attend.
All subjects on the northern hemisphere time-
table are currently offered online, including English,
English as a second language (EAL), and Further
Maths; with Specialist Maths, Maths Methods,
Physics and Accounting yet to be confirmed.
For more information on studying adult VCE on-
line or to enrol now for mid-year intake, call 1300
133 717 or visit federationtraining.edu.au
Fully online: adult VCE is specifically de-
signed for people over the age of 21, who are
looking to obtain their VCE.
FedTraining continues to
support adult learners
Venus Bay lifesavers chase title
Rising stars: 2016 Bronze medallion holders on their first day of patrol with Venus Bay Surf
Life Saving Club.
over the past two years,” Mr Watson said.
The club is looking to gain permanent budgeted
funding from South Gippsland Shire Council.
“At present we receive no funding outside of ex-
posure to the grants scheme,” Mr Watson said.
“The Venus Bay region is the second largest rate-
paying group in the shire and investment is needed
to ensure a safe swimming environment to residents
and visitors is provided.
“It’s time to see some real investment in com-
munity safety as the region continues to grow and
attract more beachgoers.”
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