Stay­ing safe this sum­mer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Denise S. Cahill and Kate Leaver

SCAR­BORO Surf Life Saving Club mem­ber An­drew Ma­traszek re­called one of the busiest days at Scar­bor­ough Beach back in 2011 at Surf Life Saving WA’s (SLSWA) Sum­mer Launch this month.

Mr Ma­traszek was the SLSWA duty of­fi­cer at his club on the 34-de­gree day about two months be­fore sum­mer of­fi­cially started.

He said there was a 4.5m swell and it was the first warm day of the sea­son.

“It started mid morn­ing and just built from there,” Mr Ma­traszek said.

“We had six am­bu­lances there and were just stack­ing them with peo­ple.”

Mr Ma­traszek said SLSWA mon­i­tored weather con­di­tions to pre­pare for hec­tic days on Perth’s beaches but it was dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine how in­tense the con­di­tions would get.

He hoped there was not a re­peat of that 2011 day this sum­mer.

As well as launch­ing sum­mer 201516 last week, SLSWA kick-started its first BeachSAFE ap­peal at Scar­bor­ough Beach. About 200 vol­un­teers surf life­savers gath­ered on the beach to launch the ap­peal that ran from De­cem­ber 1 to 13.

Money raised will go to the 30 WA clubs to help vol­un­teers with their life­sav­ing work, in­clud­ing main­tain­ing res­cue gear and equip­ment, train­ing, and ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity.

For more in­for­ma­tion and tips on stay­ing safe at the beach, visit www.sur­flife­sav­ingwa.com.au or to do­nate to the BeachSAFE Ap­peal, visit www.beach­safeap­peal.com.au.

Pic­ture: Greg Lewis

Vol­un­teer surf life­savers at Scar­bor­ough Beach for the launch of the BeachSAFE ap­peal.

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