Clubs throw open their doors

NSW Surf Club Open Day to wel­come new mem­bers

Tweed Daily News - - SPORT -

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

■ Yamba

■ Min­nie Wa­ter – Wooli

■ Red Rock – Corindi

PHOTO: DANIEL MCKEN­ZIE

CLUB FUN: NSW nip­pers hit the wa­ter again this week­end to kick off the sea­son.

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