New re­cruits get ready

12 re­cruits go to Life­guard School

The Northern Star - - NEWS - Marc Stapelberg marc.stapelberg@north­ern­star.com.au

FOR Aus­tralian Life­guard Ser­vice re­cruits Tea­gan McFar­lane and Gar­rett Parkes, help­ing peo­ple and hang­ing out at the beach are two great rea­sons to go through the Aus­tralian Far North Coast Life­guard School.

Mr Parkes, a By­ron Bay res­i­dent, said he had learnt a num­ber of dif­fer­ent skills at the school from set­ting up a beach pa­trol, as well as dif­fer­ent res­cue tech­niques and pro­ce­dures in­clud­ing ra­dio networking and work­ing with su­pe­ri­ors.

“There have been lots of dif­fer­ent skills that I haven’t learnt be­fore and hope­fully take them to the sum­mer and the beaches and do well,” he said.

Re­cruit Tea­gan McFar­lane, of Yamba, who is now study­ing on the Gold Coast, was also part of the 12 new re­cruits from the Clarence to the Tweed be­ing put through a rig­or­ous school out­lin­ing what it means to be en­trusted with this po­si­tion of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The Aus­tralian Life­guard Ser­vice held the train­ing at The Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recre­ation Cen­tre in Len­nox Head this week.

“Today and this whole weekend are re­ally about train­ing us up and giv­ing us the tools to go out and man­age a beach,” Ms McFar­lane said.

“I love the water, love the waves and love the sun but it is re­ally re­ward­ing help­ing peo­ple,” she said.

“I like the sat­is­fac­tion that you have gone in and helped some­one or you have put a band aid on some­one’s knee.”

Ms McFar­lane’s first res­cue took place when she was 14 and had just signed on for pa­trol.

She had no­ticed two chil­dren out in the water at Yamba and sens­ing some­thing she de­cided to go for a pad­dle.

Once there she dis­cov­ered that they were in fact in trou­ble and she was able to pull them onto her board.

“I went in for a pad­dle and it turned into a res­cue.”

Life­guard Ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor Ruben Roxburgh said they have an­nu­ally had peo­ple who want to join up and it was a mat­ter of be­ing able to go through the the­o­ret­i­cal as well as the prac­ti­cal com­po­nent.

“It is a full pack­age pro­gram and it takes a spe­cial sort of per­son to come on the beaches over the sum­mer and take care of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

PHOTO: MARC STAPELBERG

READY: Re­cruit Gar­rett Parkes, from By­ron Bay, dur­ing train­ing at Life­guard school in Len­nox Head.

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