PDSLSC calls for newbies
WITH the stinger nets set to come down in less than a month, the number of beachgoers and swimmers is about to rise.
The red and yellow army from the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club is putting the call out for new recruits to join their ranks, from nippers to senior patrol.
People from the age of five to 105 are encouraged to join the club from roles such as nippers, volunteer patrols, training and office and committee roles.
Nippers from the age of five take part in beach games and learn about water safety and awareness, tides, stingers and stranger-danger.
At around eight years old the nippers start practicing in water sports and learning all about what it means to be a Surf Life Saver.
PDSLSC member and Nippers president Brian Markham said he hopes to see some good numbers at the sign on day on Sunday.
‘‘Families are welcome to join the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club,’’ he said.
‘‘Children join as nippers and get to have fun, play games and learn about water safety while parents and older siblings can become a surf life saver and patrol the beaches, learn first aid and be eligible to travel to surf sports compe- titions.
‘‘But if the water isn’t for you there are other options to be involved with the club, we always need help in the office.’’
The sign on will be at the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club this Sunday 5 May from 10am until 12pm.