Hampton Life Saving Club Newsletter
22 February 2017
Hampton Members cutting up the dance floor.
Tonight Hampton became the 70s capital of the world. Awash with men and women boasting a multitude of coloured wigs, flares and tie dyed shirts. The good, bad and ugly, turned out to strut their funky stuff in the subdued manner for which Hamptonites are known.

With an 8pm start, a growing number of unsavoury looking characters arrived early, to clearly get a head start on the night's festivities - mainly the beer and wine, or as it's better known "courage in a bottle". Noticing early a shortfall of beverages in the bar, Murray James had to brave a visit to the bottle shop in an outfit best described as '70s rogue under-cover cop', albeit he removed the wig as he didn't want to look "weird"! This, from a man who is regularly seen in a fluoro-pink crop top and budgie smugglers.

As members started to arrive I stood on the pulsating disco floor and looked around, trying to put names to the members hiding behind their alter egos - namely Running Man, Roller-Girl, Side Show Bob's Love Child, Gargantuan, Six-Shooter Steve and Poodle Girl.

The tallest man in the club, or possibly the Southern Hemisphere, Phil Mawkes (aka Gargantuan) decided that he needed more height, achieving this by wearing a serious pair of killer heels with goldfish in the acrylic platform. That left the ladies in awe and the men needing to lift the disco ball for the third time that day to avoid collision.

Having personally briefed the costume shop to give me the "biggest" wig, I thought I had it nailed, so I stood displaying my virility through my newly acquired hair. Suddenly, a shadow fell over the dance floor, and I turned to see the silhouette of what can only be described as a man wearing a wig of such scale, that it required a light so as not to be hit by low flying aircraft (obviously if it hadn't hit Gargantuan first). The wearer of the wig, was our very own Andrew " Mr Boogaloo" Hill, whose disguise was only given away by the Commonwealth Bank credit card machine nestled under his arm.

As I pondered the purpose of life following my hair defeat, I was jolted back into reality as a rumble became a roar, only to see Caroline Webster making the entrance of the night on roller skates and a pair of shorts that are the dream of every 15 year old boy (and now a number of 40 something men)

As the evening wore on, it was good to see everyone remained in costume. With the exception of Mark G having an alleged trouser malfunction, the night went by without incident - a minor miracle, bearing in mind the flammability of the venue due to the level of polyester in the room.

By 2am we were down to the diehards or those of no fixed abode. A glow of screens filled the room as our Uber Apps were fired up to get us home safely.........that said, a certain Social Manager did take a tumble from the aforementioned Uber on exit!!

So as we tidy up the following day at hyper-speed, due to the eight cans of Red Bull I consumed the night prior, I stand here looking at the notice board with pictures of those responsible for the safety of your children: the pillars of our life saving community, those icons of our our amazing club, those very people last night playing air guitar, attempting to moon walk or just trying to stay vertical; and I have come to the conclusion that maybe the Working With Children Checks just don't go far enough!

Thank you Hamptonites from the funky bunch!

Intrepid Reporter - Carl Partridge
* Carl pictured below, in the second largest wig of the night, on his knees - we're still trying to work out what that dance move was.
Last Saturday, Hampton Patrollers went to the rescue of three kite surfers, who were taking part in the Kite Surf across the Bay from Frankston to Port Melbourne. The professionalism of the Patrol Team, led by Patrol Captain and President Yvette Costello, was noted by members, kite surfers and other Clubs alike. The following is a note passed on from Brighton Life Saving Club:
"Can you please pass on to your patrol today that they did an amazing job with the kite surfers, and the communications between them and us were amazing. I tried calling the Club to thank them directly but it was after they signed off." Matt Bryant.

Great work Hampton Patrollers

Secretary - Philip Mawkes
Another great week for Starfish Nippers. Big thanks to Rachael Blake from Stand Up Paddle, Victoria and Aspendale LSC for coming to show us SUP. Unfortunately strong winds and cold temps were against us this week. Bring back summer!! Instead we had a great day with beach flags, our famous bucket game, swimming and improving our board skills in some waves. Go Starfish!!
Starfish Manager - Kerrie Curtis
This Saturday sees that last week of Nippers before our club championships on 4th March. At the Club Championship Nippers will get their chance to show off their skills in the water and on the beach in a fun environment. There will be a few events for the adults afterwards, so all parents please come ready to take part and show off your skills in front of your children. To help the Club Championships run as smoothly as possible we need volunteers, so please go to: 
and sign up for one of the roles. Don’t worry if you haven’t been an official before as we will show you what to do.
We have the week off for the weekend of 11th March and then come back for our presentation afternoon on 18th March.
Director Junior Activities - Murray James
38 of HLSC's Masters and a Cheer Squad of 60 Nippers did Hampton proud last weekend, contesting 100s of events and being the biggest and loudest team on the beach. The Masters Newsletter can be viewed here:

Well done Masters, great performances on the beach, in the water and at the after party!

Any members interested in getting their Bronze Medallion and joining the Masters Team next February are welcome. It's a fantastic event, lots of fun and sets a really good example for our kids. It's a great weekend for the whole family. Please contact Sam Dwyer for more information.

Masters Co-Conspirators - Sam Dwyer & Caroline Webster

Congratulations to our class of 2017 who just “graduated” with their Surf Rescue Certificate. It was great to see some of you guys patrolling last Sunday, only one day after qualifying – nice work & keep it up! The U13s started the Resuscitation course last Saturday and should complete it this coming weekend.
Well done to last Saturday’s patrol team too for dealing so professionally with the kite-surfers who were struggling with the conditions. It was great to see Hampton & Brighton IRB’s working jointly to bring in competitors that were in need of help.

We also commenced the IRB Crew and IRB Driver course last Sunday and the chop provided a great intro for the new drivers and crews. Remember there will be a break this weekend due to the carnival and we will resume again with a vengeance on Sunday March 5th.
Anyone interested in IRB Race training, keep an eye on TeamApp for the mid-week evening sessions coming up to keep things ticking along (next Tuesday is the first one).
Before the end of the season I am hoping to run another ART course and another Spinal course if we have sufficient interest. These are both a single full afternoon session. If you are keen, please let me know via email.

See you on the beach.
Director of Lifesaving - Andy Lawrence
HLSC were successful with their recent application under the Emergency Volunteer Sustainability Grant from the State Government. Included in the successful grant are a brand new IRB, an Outboard Motor, 8 Rescue Tubes and several life jackets.
This will ensure that HLSC can continue to provide an essential service to the local community, as well as further afield.
Director of Finance - Andrew Hill
It is a very busy time at the club with activities happening in lots of different areas. It was great to see so many of our members competing at the Masters State Championships in Lorne on 11th February, and the Juniors competing at the Qualifying Carnival at Lorne on 12th February, and last weekend we had the 70s Disco. All the while there have still been patrols, Nippers and Starfish Nippers and lots of training! This weekend we have the Life Members' Afternoon Tea on Saturday afternoon at the Club. Then on Sunday, we are hosting a Junior Carnival. The Hampton Carnival is the final Junior Carnival of the season before the State Championships and we will be hosting the State Championships for the Belt and Reel event, on Sunday. It's a great event, so make sure you make time to watch one or two of the races (starting at 8.30am).

Also, it is not too late to offer a helping hand, just send an email to the Carnival Management Team or put your name down on a BBQ roster this Saturday. The weather is looking great for Sunday so come down and cheer on the Hampton team. Don't forget that Beach Road is a clearway until 10am. See you on the beach.
President - Yvette Costello 

Since January, with the support of trained sweeps such as Peter Hill (Half Moon Bay), Matt Culka (St Kilda) and Sam Aschhoff (and others) (Lorne), we have been able to get Betty into the water for some rowing sessions. Lorne in particular have been very supportive taking us out in their boat to help improve our skills.
One such day was Sunday the 12th of Feb, straight after Masters State Champs, when Andrew Hill, Sean Conroy (previous Board Member) and myself were taken out in a Lorne Surf Boat, off the Pier and into fairly big swells. It certainly focuses the mind!
We have also started training on an ad hoc basis on a Tuesday morning from 6.15am, but all training currently is subject to the availability of a suitably qualified sweep. If you would like to be included in the group when these opportunities come up, please let Sam Dwyer know and she will put you in the Surf Boat group on TeamApp. We are also calling on a couple of members who would be keen to be trained in the dark art of being a sweep, as this role is critical  to us being able to train (and ultimately compete by Oct / Nov this year) in our own boat.

Secretary & Director of Surf Boats - Phil Mawkes
Please make sure you diarise the following dates. You can obtain more information about each of these by clicking on the link to each event. Please make sure you RSVP to the events you will be attending. Regular events such as patrols and standard nippers sessions do not require a RSVP.
26 February Junior Carnival #7: Hampton
4 & 5 March Senior State Championships: Port Fairy
5 March IRB Crew/ Driver Course Session 3 (wet!)
11 & 12 March Junior State Championships: Warrnambool
12 March IRB Crew/ Driver Course Session 4 (wet!)
18 March Beach Management Course: Session 1
19 March Triathlon Water Safety: Mordialloc
19 March Beach Management Course: Session 2
25 March - 2 April Aussies (National Championships): Gold Coast
8 April End of Season Social: Barefoot & Black Tie
6 May Challenge the Lakes: Gippsland Lakes Paddle
10 Feb 2018!! Masters State Championships 2018 (get it in diaries now)

For more information regarding any of these events, please visit TeamApp:
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