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North Queensland surf clubs throw open their doors to the public

Have you ever thought about becoming a surf lifesaver?

This weekend North Queensland’s surf clubs will be throwing open their doors and rolling out the welcome mats as part of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s annual Open Day.

Port Douglas, Ellis Beach, Cairns (Palm Cove) and Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs will all be participating in the event, hosting a variety of activities including ‘behind the scenes’ club-house tours and information talks, all designed to give people a genuine feel for the challenges and excitement of surf lifesaving.

SLSQ North Queensland membership development coordinator Rob Davidson said the Open Day was a great chance to give people an insight into the opportunities available to them within the surf lifesaving movement.

“Anyone can get involved with surf lifesaving, no matter if you’re young or simply young at heart. We love to see new patrolling members but there are plenty of other things that you can do if you’re not confident in the water or you just don’t want to get your feet wet,” he said.

“Most people don’t actually realise how many opportunities there are. There are literally hundreds of possible jobs to choose from – everything from radio communications to administration and fundraising, to managing a team of competitors at a local surf carnival.

“It’s a great opportunity to get involved and give something back to the community while, at the same time, learning new skills and meeting lots of new people in the process,” he said.

There are more than 30,000 Queenslanders currently involved in the surf lifesaving movement and Mr Davidson said this included people of all shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds.

“Every year we have mums and dads, grandparents, doctors, tradesmen and company CEOs all involved with surf lifesaving in some capacity,” he said.

Last season Queensland’s volunteer surf lifesavers spent more than 350,000 hours on patrol, performing 494,710 preventative actions, 12,990 first aid treatments and, most importantly, saving 3,536 lives in the process. Behind the scenes, SLSQ educated more than 300,000 people on surf safety through its various community awareness initiatives.

SLSQ North Queensland Open Day:

– Port Douglas – Open Sunday 29 March from 10am to 2pm

– Ellis Beach SLSC – Open Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March from 10am to 3pm

– Cairns SLSC (Palm Cove) – Open Saturday 28th March from 10am to 2pm

– Mission Beach SLSC – Open Saturday 28th March from 10am to 2pm

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