Navy officer benefits from life-saving leadership course

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Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Training, Leadership

HMAS Dechaineux's Lieutenant Jedd Goggin, front centre, with fellow participants of the 2020 Surf Life Saving Australia  National Leadership College. (photo: )
HMAS Dechaineux's Lieutenant Jedd Goggin, front centre, with fellow participants of the 2020 Surf Life Saving Australia National Leadership College.

The start of 2020 has been a little different for one of HMAS Dechaineux’s Maritime Warfare Officer Submariners.

Lieutenant Jedd Goggin was selected to represent his two Surf Life Saving Clubs (Maroubra and Wauchope Bonny Hills) at the annual Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) National Leadership College recently held in Sydney.

The program brought together 23 Australian and New Zealand lifesavers between the ages of 20 and 30 years old to participate in an intensive week of leadership development and networking.

Focusing on individual, small teams and organisational leadership, the leadership college is SLSA’s premier leadership program - designed to develop leadership knowledge and techniques that are used to enhance the participant’s leadership potential.

Returning from the program, Lieutenant Goggin reflected on the importance of knowing your “why”, and how that affects every aspect of leadership.

He also highlighted the similarities in leadership skills between the Royal Australian Navy and a volunteer organisation such as SLSA, saying he believes volunteering is a great way to continually practice and develop leadership skills that can then be used daily within the Navy.

“Surf lifesaving provides an opportunity for Navy members to connect with a social and community based organisation that exists around Australia.

“Regardless of your posting location, this network can provide an invaluable connection through shared experiences for members when they post to a new location,” he said.

Releasing Lieutenant Goggin to participate in the leadership college also demonstrated the submarine squadron’s commitment to developing its people, which is closely aligned to Navy’s overall commitment in this space.

These development opportunities promote a strong, capable and resilient workforce that supports the wide range and high tempo of operations that Navy is directed to undertake.

Lieutenant Goggin encourages any surf club member aged between 20 and 30 to apply for the National Leadership College, citing it as it is an amazing experience and opportunity. The activity is usually run in early February each year and more information can be found at www.sls.com.au.