Life­sav­ing club opens its doors

Joondalup Weekender - - NEWS -

QUINNS Min­darie Surf Life Sav­ing Club will hold an open day this Sun­day to show­case its life­saver and nip­pers pro­grams.

Pres­i­dent Saxon France said the Novem­ber 11 event was about en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity, giv­ing the pub­lic a chance to look in­side and learn more about its pro­grams be­tween 9am and 11am.

“The open day is to show off the club and its fa­cil­i­ties and hope­fully get some new mem­bers,” he said.

Mr France said the club had more than 600 mem­bers and about half were nip­pers aged five to 13.

“On Sun­days, the beach is seething with nip­pers,” he said. “It’s about surf aware­ness, fit­ness, fun, beach safety and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment.

“By the time you get to 13, you are learn­ing about CPR and first aid.”

Af­ter nip­pers turned 14, Mr France said they tran­si­tioned into the cadet pro­gram and from 15 years old, could do their bronze medal­lion in surf life­sav­ing and help pa­trol the beach.

The club pa­trols Quinns Beach on Satur­days and Sun­days from 8am to 4pm and on pub­lic hol­i­days be­tween 9am and 2pm from Oc­to­ber to April.

“Pri­mar­ily the club ex­ists to be surf life­savers on the beach to pro­tect beach­go­ers,” Mr France said.

“No lives have been lost be­tween the flags.

“We’ve had some sig­nif­i­cant res­cues here and some sig­nif­i­cant first aid cases on the beach.”

Mr France said life­savers were trained to iden­tify pos­si­ble spinal in­juries, par­tic­u­larly if peo­ple were dumped by waves, and pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate first aid.

He said they also pro­vided treat­ment for blue bot­tle stings, with an am­bu­lance re­quired for a re­cent in­ci­dent when a child picked one up.

“It’s those seem­ingly mi­nor things that can hap­pen on the beach that lead to se­ri­ous is­sues,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 9305 1870 on Tues­days or Thurs­days, or visit www.qm­slsc.com.au.

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Surf life­savers Nathan Smith and Saxon France. Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

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