Vol­un­teer sea­son

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

THE Port Dou­glas Surf Life Sav­ing Club’s team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers is ready to hit the sand to­mor­row to kick off the vol­un­teer pa­trol sea­son.

Port Dou­glas will be cov­ered this Easter long week­end by vol­un­teer surf pa­trols which will man Four Mile Beach ev­ery Sun­day from 9am-5pm, as well as pub­lic hol­i­days, un­til the end of Novem­ber.

PDSLSC cap­tain John Good­man said the club has some great vol­un­teers who were look­ing for­ward to keep­ing an eye on beachgoers.

‘‘Our small band of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers make it very easy to be cap­tain and give up their time freely to pa­trol our beach,’’ he said.

‘‘But we al­ways need more vol­un­teers to be­come in­volved in the club and we are en­cour­ag­ing young­sters to join.’’

Last pa­trol sea­son, vol­un­teer surf life­savers in the Far North car­ried out 634 pre­ven­ta­tive ac­tions and four lives were saved.

Surf Life Sav­ing North Queens­land re­gional man­ager Col Sparkes re­minded swim­mers to re­main vig­i­lant de­spite the ex­tra pres­ence of surf life­savers on the beaches.

‘‘ Tra­di­tion­ally speak­ing, the Easter pe­riod is one of the busiest times of the year on pa­trol as swim­mers look to make the most of the four-day week­end,’’ he said.

Only the Christ­mas and New Year pe­ri­ods are con­sid­ered busier for lo­cal life­savers.

‘‘When beaches are busy, it is im­por­tant that ev­ery­one makes a spe­cial ef­fort to re­spect each other in the water,’’ Mr Sparkes said.

‘‘Even if it be­comes crowded be­tween the red and yel­low flags, we urge swim­mers to stay be­tween them and within the nets, be­cause it is the safest place to be.’’

Call to ac­tion:

Brian Markham, John Good­man and Michael Bolt

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