Mr John King
Mr King has been an active member of the Floreat Surf Lifesaving Club for 50 years, completing over 2300 hours of patrol and holding a great number of management positions. Mr King has been a Club Director for a period of 39 years and has held a club officer position for 49 years in some form.
Mr King started training other volunteer lifesavers in 1973 and continues to be involved in the development of lifesavers today. He is an accredited trainer, assessor and facilitator for nearly every award available to the front-line Surf Lifesaver. Over the years there have been countless lifesavers trained and assessed by him, requiring countless volunteer hours not just at the Floreat club but all clubs in WA.
As Director of Lifesaving, Mr King’s most recent innovation was to introduce mentors to the patrol roster system at Floreat. Recently nine long-term and very experienced members were retired from being Patrol Captains, empowering younger, less experienced members to trial these roles with the support of the retired patrol captain.
Mr King has continuously demonstrated a commitment to developing the club facilities to accommodate the membership growth and functionality. Some notable projects that he was involved in include;
1971-72 Development of building through the expansion of storage, administration and training facilities. Mr King worked with Council, sourced funding, contributed to design and assisted in the projects management.
1978-79 Construction of new clubrooms after Cyclone Alby. Mr King consulted with the architect Noel Christal to help design the building that the club currently operates from.
2001-02 Development of gym facilities and new storage area. Mr King contributed to the design, arrangement of funding and managed the development.
Mr King has demonstrated to be influential at a state and national level. He is an acknowledged Surf Life Saving Competition Official, and has been greatly involved in mentoring other up and coming officials at both state and national level. Further to his competition activity he is also a nationally recognised Surf Equipment Scrutineer (one of only four in WA) and a coach of a number of surf disciplines.
Mr King has been instrumental to a number of major surf lifesaving development including;
- Pioneering the development and introduction of the Inflatable Rescue Boats in the mid 70’s. This vital piece of lifesaving equipment is now used by all 320 lifesaving clubs around Australia. It is believed Mr King is the longest serving and still current IRB Driver, Instructor, Assessor in Western Australia.
- Contributing to the development of mobile patrol shelters for Lifesaving purposes. He personally constructed these shelters in his very limited spare time over many years. A derivative of this lifesaving shelter, now active on Floreat Beach, is now used by lifesaving clubs across Western Australia.
- In 2005 Mr King assisted in the design, development, funding and introduction of eLearning into Lifesaving in Western Australia. This concept has now been adopted by Surf Lifesaving Australia and forms a key element in the education delivery of all lifesavers.
Not only has Mr King contributed to the surf club community, in his spare time he is also a Director of the Avon Descent Association and has been associated with that event in a voluntary capacity for 48 years either as a competitor, official or director.
Mr King has been awarded a great number of club, state and national awards for his contribution to the surf lifesaving community, the most notable of which he was awarded in 2010 - an Order of Australia Medal. He was awarded Club Life Membership in 1981. The SLSWA inaugural State Volunteer of the Year Award in 1996. The SLSWA State Life Membership 2002. The National Medal for Service in 2005. The SLSWA State Presidents Medal 2006 for outstanding service to Surf Lifesaving in WA. The SLSA National Presidents Medal 2010 for outstand contribution to Surf Lifesaving in Australia.
It is understood that those that have benefited from his direct or indirect involvement as a volunteer cannot be quantified as the extent of his influence is so far reaching. It is recognised that as the club continues to grow, Mr King can always be found in the background now mentoring the new and inexperienced with the wealth of knowledge he has acquired over the years.