Surf Lifesaving Club
Welcome to Fairy Meadow Surf Lifesaving Club
Our Club is one of 17 in the Illawarra area that patrols the coastline from September to April each year. Our volunteer Lifesavers are on duty Sundays and Public holidays, while the paid Wollongong City Council Lifeguards cover weekdays and Saturdays.
Fairy Meadow is a sociable Club, popular with locals and University students studying at the University of Wollongong. We have a fantastic Nippers program, our Junior Club has a relaxed nature and is based around family, fun and friendship.
We are always looking to welcome new members into our Club, you can now join online.
Current members can head to our Members section using the main menu above to access useful information and look at upcoming events.
Catch all the latest news from Fairy Meadow Surf Club here and on Social Media. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram – Look for ‘Fairy Meadow SLSC’.
24Hour MS Mega Swim at UOW
It’s the 10th anniversary of the 24-hour MS Mega Swim! Join us or donate as we swim laps at the UOW pool next weekend in support of people living with multiple sclerosis. Everyone is welcome to come down and have some fun – even if it’s only for a quick 15-minute dip! Check out our team at the link below and contact Tom (0455 256 271) if you’d like to get involved! https://www.msmegachallenge.org.au/fundraisers/surflifesavingillawarra
Spreading the Beach Safety message
Members recently attended orientation festivals held at Koolabong and Campus East at the University of Wollongong to deliver surf safety messages to the new students, many of whom have little to no experience at our beaches. We are excited to hear that a large number of students who attended have expressed an interest to get involved in the Surf Lifesaving movement. To those students we can’t wait to welcome you to our surf club family at Fairy Meadow Surf Lifesaving Club.
A massive thankyou to Kian, Sarah and Matt who represented our Club at these events.
FM Social Night
On Friday 19th February FM held its first social night for the season. With last seasons presentation night being cancelled due to COVID19, the night was to celebrate the achievements of our members last season, and thank them for their efforts so far this year. We were also excited to recognise those members who have recently completed their Bronze medallion as well as some higher qualifications. A great night was had by all and we look forward to holding another night soon!!
COVID safe Check-in
All members are reminded that you must Check-in using the QR codes provided every time you enter the Surf Club, for any reason. You will find QR codes as you enter through the side door, above the Patrol sign in area, and in the boat shed. This is mandatory.
Quick Survey to help one of our members with their Masters research project.
Do you frequently use the ocean for recreation, professional or volunteer work?
If so, we would love to hear from you through a short online mapping survey as part of a research project for a Masters student at the University of Wollongong. The project is exploring the perceptions and behaviours of ocean-users in relation to human-shark encounters. All you need to do is click this link “COMPLETE THE SURVEY NOW“, place a ‘pin’ on a map to show where the interaction took place and answer a few short questions. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. There is also the opportunity to be involved in follow-up interviews about your interaction.
A huge thankyou to the IMB Bank who, through their Community Foundation Grants 2020, will be providing Fairy Meadow SLSC with the funds to purchase a brand-new Inflatable Rescue Boat or ‘IRB’.
Our current IRB is over 7 years old and our secondary or back-up IRB is over 13 years old, they are becoming increasingly more difficult and expensive to maintain in a rescue ready condition. For a little over a decade the club has utilised twin hull IRBs, although these craft have unique advantages, they are out classed by the newer single hull designs. The club is excited to be transitioning back to using single hull IRBs (as is now the requirement of SLSA). The single hull craft are lighter, faster, and more maneuverable making them an exceptional rescue craft that will improve our response capabilities on Patrol and after hours.
Fairy Meadow SLSC in the past has regularly responded to emergencies from the Caravan Park at Towradgi and as far down as Puckeys Beach. We have also responded to Search and Rescue operations far outside of these areas. This new IRB will be used for Patrol, Support operations, and for water safety for our Junior activities. Thank you again to the IMB Bank for their support of our Club, our Members, and our Local Community.
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