Since taking his online training officer certification course, Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) has reported higher participation levels and an 85% completion rate.
The Training Officer Certificate course has been redesigned through a platform called Canvas with the online platform able to reach more people and increase consistency in course delivery statewide.
Regular points of contact combined with proactive course material guided by dedicated instructors are proving extremely fruitful and meeting the need for more trainers across NSW.
Liam Drake of Ocean Beach SLSC – current Youth Surf Lifeguard of the Year and recent course participant – praised his revamped performance.
Drake said, “I have studied online a number of times; However, the Canvas platform was much simpler and much more intuitive than the others I have used, making it a much more enjoyable learning experience.
“The virtual classroom and introductory sessions were great, we got to meet our dedicated facilitator and members of our branch and team, I felt supported whenever I had questions and the information we requested. as students were always provided.
“Being able to study at all times has worked really well for me balancing an already long (work) load. This allowed me to complete the course at the times that were most convenient for me.
The flexibility that the course now offers allows participants to complete assigned tasks at their own pace.
Held on a quarterly basis, following the most recent course which ended at the end of November, 118 members obtained the training officer certificate through this process.
Another such member is Rebecca Austin of Pacific Palms SLSC, who congratulated SLSNSW on the experience created by the course.
Austin added, “I really appreciated the flexibility of being able to fit study into a busy work-family balance. In fact, I have studied online before, but it was not a great experience. Going into this course I was a little hesitant but the facilitators were very supportive and Canvas was so easy to use and navigate.
“It made it a really positive learning experience and I finished the course with a new qualification that I wouldn’t have received otherwise.
“Jo and the team were great, all questions I had were answered promptly and all the information we needed as students was readily available, if the option was again I would definitely choose to ‘study and learn through this system. “
The first training officer certificate course of the new year is scheduled to begin on February 21, 2022.
December 1, 2021 – Surf Life Saving NSW’s educational program goes virtual for the first time
October 1, 2021 – Supreme Court Hears Details of Former Surf Life Saving NSW $ 1.8 Million Fraud
September 11, 2021 – Surf Life Saving NSW Begins Next Phase of Training Program with Korean Lifesaving Association
September 8, 2021 – Surf Life Saving NSW Releases New Report Offering Beach Safety Warning Before COVID Restrictions Relaxed
March 29, 2021 – Surf Life Saving NSW Partners With Madimack To Host CPR Course
November 16, 2020 – Surf Life Saving NSW Deploys Drones to Guard Northern Sydney Beaches and Parks COVIDSafe
September 17, 2020 – Opening of a new operations center for Surf Life Saving NSW
April 6, 2020 – Surf Life Saving NSW Donates Protective Gear To Front Line Police
February 24, 2020 – Surf Life Saving NSW Hosts Successful Thailand Training Program
January 27, 2020 – Surf Life Saving NSW tests free Beach Wi-Fi technology
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