Surf’s up

Life­sav­ing skills put to the test

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Adam Turner, Laura Povey, Chris Parker, Luke Dyson and Adam Fields take part in the bronze medal­lion course.

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