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During the recent World Lifesaving Championships, members of the Powercraft Commission met Terry Legg who is involved in Life is Saving Chaplaincy in Australia.

He would be interested in contacting someone in SLSA Wales with whom he might be able to share the concept of Life Saving Chaplaincy with the intention of creating a support service similar to what they have in OZ.

Google Life Saving Chaplaincy Australia for more information, but basically they are a volunteer organisation, like ourselves, with chaplains who are self-funding.

They also have a list of not what they are e.g.:-
Not there to preach or Bible bash,
Not there to support any one denomination
Not to operate from a distance (encourage chaplains to be active club members)

They are committed Christians who serve the Life Saving Community. In Oz they have been operating for 21 years and with the ILS since 2000 Lifesaving World Championships, Manly, Sydney.

Their chaplains are expected to do training to a Level 2 certificate in Sports Chaplaincy. Over the last few years a group of International Sports Chaplains have met and formed ‘The Global Sports Chaplaincy’ who have developed basic training that is used internationally. This makes it ideal as any chaplain who comes on board has a similar standard. Each nation controls their own Chaplaincy. In Oz they have our own idiosyncrasies that may be different to other nations and so there is room for that in their organisation.

They have a charter for requirements for a chaplain to uphold. Each chaplain when associated with their Nations Peer Sports Chaplaincy would pay membership and with that comes some insurance to cover them while doing chaplaincy work. SLSA Wales will ensure there is insurance cover for the chaplain.

The areas that have been covered in Oz include Marriage difficulties, club issues, drownings, suicide, funerals and marriages, child dedications. The presence of a chaplain gives some assurance to club members particularly over time as the chaplain develops relationships.

The chaplain is independent in the club and has the same confidential relationship with the Club Board and Officials as they do with all the members.

Please share this within your club and if anyone is interested in finding out more, or taking this forward, please, in the first instance, contact the SLSA Wales Secretary at: secretary@slsawales.org.uk

Blessings
Terry Legg

 

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