Broome back in busi­ness

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Life­guards and an iconic beach hire busi­ness re­turned last week, flag­ging the be­gin­ning of Broome’s busy tourist sea­son. Pic­tured are James Hearle, Wade Clark, Fabio Ar­manni, Belinda Clarke and Jon Ste­wart.

They may walk the pristine sands of Ca­ble Beach for a dif­fer­ent purpose but to­gether a busi­ness owner and life­guards sig­nalled the be­gin­ning of another busy tourist sea­son by mak­ing their re­turn re­cently.

Daryl Rober­son parked his trailer up on the world-fa­mous spot for the first time this year last Thurs­day, where he has run his pop­u­lar beach equip­ment ser­vice for more than 20 years.

En­vied by many for hav­ing the best of­fice in Broome, Mr Rober­son said he en­joyed hav­ing the chance to meet the tens of thou­sands of tourists who come through each year to hire ev­ery­thing from standup pad­dle­boards to um­brel­las and chairs.

“I’ve spent nearly half my life work­ing on Ca­ble Beach but I cer­tainly can’t com­plain,” he said.

“From the scenery and at­mos­phere to some of the fun things I get to do, I re­ally en­joy my job and it keeps me com­ing back ev­ery year.”

Mr Rober­son nor­mally works nine months in a year but said this was one of his favourite times.

“Be­fore it starts get­ting re­ally busy I ease back into it and have the time to get into the wa­ter with the tourists and show them how it’s done on the pad­dle­boards and what­not.

“I think many peo­ple will be hang­ing out to get back down here and I’m look­ing for­ward to a good sea­son.”

And just hours af­ter Mr Rober­son dusted off his last board, life­guards stuck their flags in the sand, threw on their red and yel­lows and re­sumed their op­er­a­tions.

Good Fri­day was the first time the group had un­der­taken pa­trols since the end of Oc­to­ber last year.

New life­guard cap­tain Wade Clark said he and his team of fa­mil­iar and fresh faces were rar­ing to go for the rest of the dry.

“This is an ex­cit­ing time for us and we’ve been look­ing for­ward to get­ting back into it for a long time now,” he said.

“We have a few new ad­di­tions to the team and it’s been a lot of fun train­ing them up and show­ing them how dif­fer­ent it is in Broome.

“They’ve been learn­ing about where the rips are, what wildlife we have here, when to close and open the beach and where all the main fa­cil­i­ties are.”

Mr Clark said the most chal­leng­ing as­pect of the job was the heat but an­tic­i­pated it would cool down soon.

“It’s been a real hot start and that can be very dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially while we un­dergo our fit­ness train­ing and as­sess­ments, but it is all part of the job and we love it,” he said.

Mr Clark’s main mes­sage to swim­mers was to al­ways listen to the life­guards’ ad­vice.

“Don’t swim near rocks, swim straight in front of us be­tween the flags— they are there for a rea­son and that is be­cause it is the safest part of the beach” he said.“We just want to make sure ev­ery­body can have a good time in the safest way.”

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Daryl Rober­son has re­turned to Ca­ble Beach for the peak sea­son with his beach equip­ment hire busi­ness.

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