Clubbie Profile November: Jordan Smith

Our Clubbie Profile for the month of November is Jordan Smith from Ocean Beach SLSC. Jordan has been a surf lifesaver for five years and has recently been appointed Manager of the Central Coast Branch Youth Programs.

Age: 20
Club: Ocean Beach SLSC
Volunteer Hours: I don’t really count but I’d say about 10 hours a week with patrols and club positions.
Occupation: Full Time Nursing Student

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?

I joined Surf Life Saving in 2010 with my brother thanks to a friend of ours who signed us up to do patrols with him.

Why do you volunteer as a lifesaver?

I volunteer as it is an active lifestyle and a way to give back to the community. As Ocean Beach has done so much for my development as a lifesaver and as a person, it is a great way to give back to the surf club.

Tell us about your new role as the Manager of the Central Coast Branch Youth Programs?

I undertook this role at Branch as I like to engage the youth in all aspects of Surf Life Saving so that I can create opportunities and pathways within the organisation. I enjoy this position as I get to develop the future leaders of Surf Life Saving and give them the best chance to reach their goals.

Tell us about your club, and why you enjoy being a member?

Ocean Beach SLSC is a very family orientated club and it creates an atmosphere where you can go down to the beach and feel welcomed. I am currently the Director of Education and Training which helps me encourage new and younger members of the club to actively pursue their goals within Surf Life Saving.

What are your goals within Surf Life Saving?

I have a few goals in Surf Life Saving, one of them is to obtain my RWC (jetski) award as well as be a part of a Jet Rescue Boat crew.

Another would be to help engage and develop younger members so that they can take on roles in their own clubs. This will ultimately mean that they can make a positive impact on the future of the organisation.

What has been your best memory as a clubbie?

My best clubbie memory was at the 2015 State Championships, where I trained and competed with my closest friends to place third in the Patrol Competition and second in the First Aid Competition. We had worked hard throughout the season and it was extremely rewarding that we got to share this memory together.

What are you looking forward to about summer?

I am looking forward to seeing the new members that have just recently completed their Bronze Medallions do their first patrols. Being a part of their training and development during the course, I am looking forward to the many patrols that I will share with them.

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

I admire the current Director of Member Services for Central Coast, Aaron Camp. He is my coach, mentor, fellow clubbie and a continual support in my role with the youth programs. He has held many positions in the club and has been the Director of Member Services for the past six years. He is a dedicated member within surf and was an key person in my development when I was coming through the youth programs in branch and inspired me to do the same with the future leaders coming through these programs.

Favourite beach that isn’t yours?

It would have to be Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast as I often holiday there during summer.

Anything else you would like to add…

I would like to thank all the people who have been a part of my development and journey within Surf Life Saving; fellow patrol members, trainers, coaches and Ocean Beach SLSC.

Fri 27 Nov 2015