Surf’s up

North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey d474587

ALKI­MOS Surf Life Sav­ing Club mem­bers are pre­par­ing for their in­au­gu­ral sea­son, which will in­clude a nip­pers pro­gram and weekly swims. Maren Kate Scriven, pic­tured with mem­bers, said it as­pired to be a fun not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that ed­u­cated peo­ple about beach safety.

THE newly formed Alki­mos Surf Life Sav­ing Club will dive into its first sea­son with a pre-qual­i­fi­ca­tion swim this Sun­day.

Found­ing pres­i­dent Maren Kate Scriven said the club would run its first nip­pers pro­gram in the 2017-18 sea­son, fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Surf Life Sav­ing WA’s Have-a-go nip­pers pro­gram last sea­son.

LendLease and SLSWA formed a part­ner­ship to start a BeachSAFE com­mu­nity, and a steer­ing com­mit­tee formed, with Brook Johns, Ms Scriven, Karl Houn­slow, Moreena Houn­slow, Jenna Hamp­ton, Jes­sica Toor and Tony El­liot.

The club held its first AGM in Septem­ber, when Ms Scriven be­came pres­i­dent and other com­mit­tee po­si­tions were filled by Garry Bun­ford (vice-pres­i­dent), Melissa Carter (ad­min­is­tra­tion di­rec­tor), Ian Small­wood (ju­niors and youth di­rec­tor) and Karl Houn­slow (life­sav­ing and ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor).

Ms Scriven said the nip­pers pro­gram would run from 8.45am to 11am ev­ery Sun­day, re­gard­less of the weather, although they would al­ter ac­tiv­i­ties to suit con­di­tions.

“All club days run on Sun­days and will start at 8.30am for a club swim – this is for any­one older than 15 to have a swim be­fore the lit­tle ones take our fo­cus,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Alki­mos SLSC Face­book page or email alki­mosslsc@out­

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d474587

Club pres­i­dent Maren Kate Scriven (cen­tre) with mem­bers.

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