|On the Same Wave is a community service program.
The ‘On the Same Wave’ (OTSW) program has been actively promoted by SLSSA since December 2007 in order to engage with and recruit people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) and those from indigenous communities.
Traditionally speaking, migrants, refugees and people from CALD backgrounds have been overrepresented in both national and state drowning figures and, as such, have been identified by aquatic safety authorities as a ‘high risk’ group.
Encouraging greater ethnic participation in Surf Life Saving has been identified as a key priority in order for clubs to be able to sustain member numbers and serve the Australian population effectively.
The OTSW program varies from information provision to training to be a Surf Life Saver. The provision depends on the identified needs/ capabilities of the person or community.
Individual clubs, with the support of SLSSA, dictate their level of engagement with the program.
For over 6 years, Henley SLSC has been actively involved in the program, training young people from CALD and Indigenous backgrounds to become members of the surf life saving family by providing training in First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation, Radio Certificate and the Bronze Medallion.
The program this year is being run by Regan Smallacombe and Behzad Pourdarab. They need helpers to fill a number of roles including but not limited to, water cover, teaching swimming, teaching aspects of the Life Saving to name a few.
If you would like to help contact Regan, Bezhad or Roy Menner.