As the southern lifesaving season commences, Lifesavers with Pride (LWP) is excited to kick off its Proud Beaches Scholarship for summer 2021/22, promoting Surf Life Saving as a welcome, safe and valued place for LGBTIQ people. The scholarship helps members of the LGBTIQ community become qualified lifesavers and join their local surf club by financially supporting recipients of the Proud Beaches Scholarships.
For more info, check out our scholarships page here
Terrific news from Surf Life Saving Australia regarding their new Inclusion and Diversity Statement. SLSA President John Baker says
I am also pleased to let you know, that the SLSA Board recently wrote its commitment to delivering an inclusive environment through an Inclusion & Diversity Statement.
“We deliver a unique and inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. We actively listen to our volunteers and the broader community, and we promote progressive values and innovative thinking. Our sense of ‘belonging’ binds us together and helps to create great Australians and build better and more resilient communities.”
The introduction of this Inclusion & Diversity Statement reaffirms the SLSA Board’s commitment to creating a safe environment for all members.
Lifesavers with Pride had such a successful Rainbow Beaches event last summer that we are already in the planning stages for our 2022 event.
Under the theme “everyone is welcome at the beach” clubs across the country showed their support with a sea of rainbow colours to showcase that #surflifesaving and the #ocean is a place where everyone belongs. The response was incredible and we want to see even more #RainbowBeaches this year! Will you join us?
Lifesavers with Pride are proud to support World Drowning Prevention Day today, 25 July, an opportunity to raise awareness of the many ways drowning can be prevented and bring about lifesaving solutions for what is a largely preventable cause of death and injury.
An estimated 236,000 people down every year around the world. We all have a role to play in preventing drownings, from making safe decisions when we're on and around the water to proactively equipping ourselves and our loved ones with safe water skills. For more details, check out their website here.
14 July is International Non Binary People's Day, which celebrates everyone who doesn't identify as either Male or Female. Some famous non binary people include Demi Lovato, Sam Smith and Aussies Ruby Rose and G-Flip.
Lifesavers with Pride are proud to stand with Surf Life Saving and welcome everyone on the Male - Female spectrum into our inclusive and diverse family. Regardless of the flag you identify with, the red and yellow flags will always welcome you.
Lifesavers with Pride have finally visited every SLS state office now, meeting the amazing team at Surf Life Saving Northern Territory in a very pleasant Darwin. Great to see the team are keen to reach out to the LGBTIQ community and ensure they remove any barriers that may hinder new members. Looking forward to keeping the dialogue going.
Lifesavers with Pride were really excited to be invited to present yesterday at the first SLSNSW Membership Standing Committee gathering, where all branch Directors of Membership convened to go over the strategic plan and hear from stakeholders. It was an excellent opportunity to engage with such committed people on how we can promote inclusion and diversity across Surf Life Saving. We look forward to future opportunities to work with the group.
A huge shout-out for National Volunteers week to our many supporters who are not only busy donating their time and energy to Lifesavers with Pride, but are also members and volunteers at their own Surf Life Saving Club all around the country. We couldn't do it without you.