Club aims for safe sum­mer

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

A record low num­ber of drown­ings last sum­mer has the Se­cret Har­bour Surf Life Sav­ing Club feel­ing pos­i­tive and look­ing for­ward to the new sea­son.

Dur­ing the sum­mer of 2014-2015, the num­ber of drown­ings dropped from 16 in the pre­vi­ous year to 10, the low­est in the State since 2007.

SHSLSC took part in 28 res­cues at Se­cret Har­bour and another 27 as part of their pa­trols at Pen­guin Is­land.

Se­cret Har­bour beach is known as a high-energy beach, no­to­ri­ous for big surf, rips and shift­ing banks.

The club’s life­savers and life­guards pre­vented 3400 peo­ple from get­ting into dan­ger through­out the sea­son.

SHSLSC pres­i­dent Digby Wil­son said the club’s aim was to con­tin­u­ally es­tab­lish ef­fec­tive pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to en­sure that through­out next sea­son, res­cues are per­formed as in­fre­quently as pos­si­ble.

“We are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the com­mu­nity and keep­ing our num­bers low once again next sea­son with pre­ven­tive ac­tions and res­cues if need be,” he said.

Mr Wil­son said the club was also look­ing for­ward to the open­ing of their new com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity build­ing in Jan­uary, which was de­vel­oped with as­sis­tance from the City of Rock­ing­ham.

SHSLSC op­er­ates life­guard pa­trols dur­ing the week and life­saver vol­un­teers pa­trol on public hol­i­days and week­ends in ad­di­tion to the abalone pa­trol in and around the Shoal­wa­ter is­lands.

Last year was also a mile­stone year for Se­cret Har­bour Surf Life Sav­ing Club af­ter it won the DHL Club of the Year at the Surf Life Sav­ing Awards of Ex­cel­lence and di­rec­tor of life­sav­ing Sha­ree Hart was named Asses­sor of the Year.

SHSLSC is tak­ing new mem­ber­ships over the new few weeks, hop- ing to add to their cur­rent 1000 mem­bers. Adults and chil­dren from the age of seven are welcome to ap­ply. The club of­fers first-aid and surf life­sav­ing cour­ses through­out the year.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Se­cret Har­bour Surf Life Sav­ing Club di­rec­tor of life­sav­ing Sha­ree Hart and ac­tive life­savers Ben Bird, Siob­han Hall, Bre­anna Bird and Chloe Hart look for­ward to keep­ing swim­mers safe once again this sum­mer.

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