Life­savers

New crew ready to keep us safe

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Thir­teen Pil­bar­ian’s have donned the well-known yel­low shirt and red shorts af­ter com­plet­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions to be­come the new­est crop of surf life­savers and wa­ter safety su­per­vi­sors in our State.

Port Wal­cott Surf Life Saving Club had 11 mem­bers com­plete their bronze medal­lions and two ju­niors com­plete surf res­cue cer­tifi­cates at the week­end.

Claire and Phil Cabiac, Dee El­lard, Paul Wil­lett, Gabriela Torres, Rob Gra­ham, Rob­bie Povey, Macken­zie King, Ja­clyn Ni­choll, Mike Smith and Tif­fany May­nard are the lo­cals who have now com­pleted their bronze medal­lions. Chloe Oliver and Chloe Ling re­ceived their surf res­cue cer­tifi­cates.

Club pres­i­dent Ben Un­be­haun said it was amaz­ing to see the num­ber of yel­low shirts down at the beach.

“To have 11 bronzies and two SRCs is re­ally good, es­pe­cially the SRCs, which are the younger girls who are past the nip­per stage but still want to get in­volved in the move­ment,” he said.

“It just shows there is op­por­tu­nity there for ev­ery­one.

“We have nip­pers see­ing they can now go on and learn that life­sav­ing as­pect and get a qual­i­fi­ca­tion they can use to pa­trol beaches around Aus­tralia, which is fan­tas­tic.” Mr Un­be­haun said the new crop of surf life­savers would help the club ex­pand fur­ther in the re­gion.

“Hav­ing that wa­ter safety is such a cru­cial as­pect which can re­ally ex­pand our ac­tiv­i­ties on Sun­day morn­ings for kids,” he said.

“It means we can put more kids in the wa­ter and makes sure they are all su­per­vised.

“Surf life­sav­ing is not just a sport, it is a com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity.”

Mr Un­be­haun said sup­port from com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions had been cru­cial to build­ing the suc­cess of the club.

The club holds Sun­day morn­ing nip­pers’ ses­sions at Dampier, Port Wal­cott and Point Sam­son.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Port Wal­cott Surf Life Saving club's 13 new bronze medal­lion and surf res­cue cer­tifi­cate re­cip­i­ents.

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