Lifesaving skills put to the test
It was a fun day out at Wickham Boat Beach for the Port Walcott Surf Life Saving Club nippers, while some of the older men and women went for their bronze medallions.
The first meet of the year was well attended, with boys and girls competing in relays and games before watching some of the older club members ply their trade.
Port Walcott SLS president Kate Turner said nippers was by far their most popular program.
“We’ve got a camp on for the kids in April and we do hope to get up to Broome for the sunset challenge,” she said.
“We are after more age managers if there are any enthusiastic parents who want to help out.”
While the nippers were put through their paces in the shallows, several members headed to deeper waters to complete their bronze medallions to help the club in gaining self-sufficiency.
Two assessors from the Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club came to oversee the training, which included tests such as rescue simulations, inflatable rescue boat training and radio operations.
Mrs Turner said the training would help the club become more independent. The IRB is a new addition for Port Walcott, having been recently collected from Broome Surf Life Saving Club.
Adam Turner, Laura Povey, Chris Parker, Luke Dyson and Adam Fields take part in the bronze medallion course.