Lifesavers Develop Networking Skills

Over the weekend 29 surf lifesavers from all over NSW participated in the 18-25 Development Networking Program in Sydney.

The Development Networking Program is provided to members 18-25 years old from all areas of the organisation. It provides an opportunity to expand member’s social networks and meet like-minded people who share the same interests and passions. The program focuses on developing individuals and exploring the skills and talents they bring to Surf Life Saving.

Facilitator Jake McDonald said, "Being involved with the 18-25 as a program facilitator was a fantastic opportunity. The program allowed for the encouragement of like-minded youth within Surf Life Saving NSW to come together and network their ideas and create opportunities. There were plenty of opportunities for the participants to engage in informal networking. It is through these informal conversations that ideas are formed, expressed and spread."

Participants representing 10 of the SLS Branches came together for three days in The Rocks in Sydney, and participated in a range of Surf Life Saving and development activities. Sessions included an update on Lifesaving Services throughout the state, project work focusing on assisting a current NSW Surf Life Saving Club, communication and lateral thinking sessions as well as a swim at Manly Beach and a MasterChef activity overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Participants were able to share the successes and challenges they face within their clubs and formed a strong bond with each other during the program. Five exceptional facilitators delivered this program with enthusiasm and passion. They were Shannon Job from North Steyne SLSC, Shelley Smith from Ocean Beach SLSC, Jeremy Keating from Long Reef SLSC, Jake McDonald from Shelly Beach SLSC and Andy Eames from Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC.

If you are interested in development opportunities such as this apply now for the the upcoming 2013 National Leadership College. Please visit the event page for more information.

Thu 29 Nov 2012