Clubs throw open their doors
NSW Surf Club Open Day to welcome new members
THE NSW Surf Club Open Day is fast approaching and northern NSW clubs have been busy putting the final touches on their 2017 programs, which launch tomorrow.
This year’s Open Day event is proving as popular as ever, with 11 far-north coast clubs and two from the north coast signing on for the important community event.
Lifesavers have been back on patrol for almost a month and rising spring temperatures have sent thousands of sun-seekers flocking to the beach, meaning a busy start to the season for new and experienced volunteers.
Most of the state’s nippers will also be back in the water from this weekend, offering a perfect opportunity for parents and their children to gain an insight into the inner workings of a local surf club.
More than 74,000 people registered with a surf lifesaving club during the 2016-17 season, but Surf Life Saving NSW chief executive officer Steven Pearce said there was always room for clubs to accommodate more members.
“Surf lifesavers contribute to the well-being of their community far beyond the beach,” Pearce said.
“There are so many different roles to choose, from patrolling the beach on a weekend, helping with radio communications or fundraising, running the barbecue or managing a team of competitors at a surf carnival.
“All you need is a bit of passion and a willingness to get in and have a go, attributes which have been the hallmark of our movement for over a century.”
Participating clubs are excited about what the public will experience and have planned a variety of activities, ranging from dye demonstrations in rip currents at some locations, through to barbecues, clubhouse tours and demonstrations of rescue equipment or first aid and CPR techniques.
“One of the great things about joining a surf club is that you walk into a ready-made group of friends,” Pearce said.
“It’s also a great way to spend some family time together, while doing something good for the community.
“I strongly encourage you to get to your local beach this Sunday to come in and say hello.”
The following far-north coast lifesaving clubs are participating in the 2017 Surf Club Open Day tomorrow: ■ Cabarita Beach
■ Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore
■ Brunswick Heads
■ Byron Bay
■ Cudgen Headland ■ Fingal Rovers
■ Lennox Head – Alstonville ■ Salt
■ Minnie Water – Wooli
■ Red Rock – Corindi
CLUB FUN: NSW nippers hit the water again this weekend to kick off the season.