Clubbie Profile January: Michael Mottley

Our Clubbie Profile for the month of January is Michael Mottley from Caves Beach SLSC. This dedicated surf lifesaver is the Director of Lifesaving and a Duty Officer for the Hunter Branch and just last night was honoured with an Emergency Management Award by his local electorate, Shortland.

Club: Caves Beach
Volunteer hours: 127 RWC hours last season
Occupation: Fire Protection Sprinkler Fitter

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?

I joined in 1990 as a nipper because my older brother was doing it so naturally I wanted to do it as well. I then achieved my Bronze Medallion in late 2000 to become a full patrolling member; I later gained my RWC award in the 2010/11 season.

Why do you volunteer as a lifesaver?

I love serving the community and being able to provide a safe place for people to enjoy the beach.

As the Hunter Branch Director of Lifesaving, what is the most rewarding part of your role?

Being able to give the clubs the guidance, encouragement, and support that assists them in performing their roles in such a professional and effective manner which ultimately enables them to achieve another successful season of NO LIVES LOST between the flags.

What’s it like being a Duty Officer for the Hunter Branch?

Being a Duty Officer is a rewarding position, but can also be a very demanding at the same time. Some days I am just visiting clubs to see how they are going and to lend a hand, or give advice. Then on other days you can be coordinating a full scale SAR (Search and Rescue) operation.

You’re also an IRB official, how did you get into that role?

I used to be a very active IRB competitor but due to work and family commitments I was finding it hard to find time for training, so I decided to become an IRB official as I still wanted to be involved with the IRB racing fraternity. I’ve met a lot of great people from all over the country that supply powercraft support for major state and national events.

Tell us about Caves Beach SLSC, and why you enjoy being a member?

Caves Beach has always been known as 'The Family Club' I suppose that’s why I enjoy being a member there so much - It really is like being part of a huge family.

What are your goals within Surf Life Saving?

Whilst I have already achieved most of my goals that I had set for myself within Surf Life Saving, I would now however like to be able to expand my support operations arsenal one day to include an Offshore Rescue Boat or Jet boat so that we could have a broader range of rescue assets available to serve the community.

What has been your best memory as a clubbie?

I’d have to say traveling to Tasmania on behalf of SLSNSW a few years ago to introduce the Night Operations IRB course and the introduction of portable FLIR (Forward Looking Infra Red camera) for Search and Rescue operations. I can say that you don’t know the definition of cold water until you are in the water at night in the middle of winter in Tasmania!

Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why?

Steve Leahy: Steve has a massive amount of experience and skills which are invaluable. Whether it is the Event Safety Officer at National events, a local Branch Duty Officer, or being CEO of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter - the amount of experience, skills and expertise he brings to Surf Life Saving is second to none.

Favourite beach that isn’t yours?

I would have to say Mindil Beach in Darwin. After going there for the 2013 IRB Australian championships, it’s just such a picturesque beach.

Top: Michael receiving the Shortland Award for Emergency Management from Ms Jill Hall MP
Middle: Michael at Caves Beach
Bottom: Michael and his patrol team celebrating Christmas

Fri 29 Jan 2016