Pa­trols keep beaches safe


THERE are three surf life­sav­ing clubs in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory lo­cated at Dar­win, Mindil Beach and Gove Penin­sula. Mem­bers pa­trol lo­cal beaches ev­ery dry sea­son and vol­un­teer for Surf Life Sav­ing NT’s (SLS NT) Search and Res­cue Team (SAR team).

Us­ing their 9.5m cus­tom built off­shore res­cue boat ‘Lifesaver 1’, the SAR team pro­vides a 24/7 ma­rine search and res­cue ser­vice from Dundee Beach to Gunn Point. All SAR team mem­bers are elite life­savers with ma­rine qual­i­fi­ca­tions, ad­vanced first aid and re­sus­ci­ta­tion train­ing, as well as ad­vanced res­cue train­ing that in­cludes un­der­wa­ter search tech­niques.

Mem­bers also pro­vide wa­ter safety sup­port at com­mu­nity events in­clud­ing the Fan­nie Bay Swim, Beer Can Re­gatta, Dar­win Har­bour Clean Up and Ter­ri­tory Day cel­e­bra­tions at Mindil Beach.

In 2017, mem­bers con­trib­uted a to­tal of 3289 vol­un­teer pa­trol hours, res­cued 22 peo­ple, per­formed first aid 25 times and un­der­took 290 pre­ven­tive ac­tions.

Youth Vol­un­teer of the Year Sa­vanne Canobie is an ac­tive pa­trolling mem­ber who gives her time gen­er­ously. In ad­di­tion to pa­trols at Town, Mid­dle and Lit­tle Bondi Beach, Sa­vanne has been a nip­pers age man­ager for the past three sea­sons — a role gen­er­ally un­der­taken by more ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers or par­ents and one that is vi­tal to keep­ing the club’s pro­gram run­ning.

Sa­vanne has al­ways been

will­ing to con­trib­ute and as­sist around the club. She as­sisted with the Lead­er­ship and De­vel­op­ment Camp, the run­ning of club bar­be­cues and is al­ways avail­able to as­sist with any ac­tiv­ity around the club. On top of all this, Sa­vanne com­petes in U19 and Open events at in­tra club car­ni­vals.

Sa­vanne will­ingly and en­thu­si­as­ti­cally passes on her knowl­edge to mem­bers, her vi­brant ap­proach and en­cour­age­ment of all nip­pers can be seen ev­ery Sun­day on the beach or at the pool, show­ing younger mem­bers of the club how to ac­tively progress and en­hance their own surf safety and surf sport skills.

Surf Lifesaver of the Year Steve Waite is new to SLS NT but has quickly em­braced the move­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties at a state level. Ob­tain­ing his Bronze Medal­lion in 2015, he quickly es­tab­lished him­self as a key mem­ber of the Mindil Beach SLS club.

In 2016, he be­came Di­rec­tor of Life­sav­ing and re­struc- tured all of the club poli­cies and pa­trol re­quire­ments. This cre­ated a very or­gan­ised and thought-out process that was eas­ily fol­lowed by all mem­bers.

He was suc­cess­ful in im­prov­ing the elec­tronic col­lec­tion of pa­trol statis­tics and sign on sys­tem, en­sur­ing a pa­per­less sea­son. Steve’s com­mit­ment to club pa­trols, wa­ter safety at nip­per events, SAR team and com­mu­nity events saw him con­trib­ute more than 80 vol­un­teer hours in a sea­son.

Life­guards pa­trol lo­cal beaches ev­ery dry sea­son and vol­un­teer for Surf Life Sav­ing NT’s (SLS NT) Search and Res­cue Team (SAR team) at events in­clud­ing Dar­win’s an­nual Beer Can Re­gatta

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