Staying safe this summer
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.
Volunteer surf lifesavers at Scarborough Beach for the launch of the BeachSAFE appeal.