Have you ever thought about becoming a surf lifesaver?
North Queensland’s volunteer surf lifesavers are preparing to roll out the red and yellow flags for another season of beach patrols but, this time around, they’re after a helping hand.
Local surf clubs are on the hunt for more volunteer members and, with that in mind, they’ll be throwing open their doors this Sunday (March 20) as part of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s annual Open Day.
Port Douglas, Ellis Beach, Cairns and Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs will all be inviting members of the public to go behind the scenes, hosting tours, talks and demonstrations to give people a genuine feel for the excitement and challenges of surf lifesaving.
SLSQ North Queensland membership coordinator Rob Davidson said the Open Day was a great way to showcase the types of opportunities available to people within surf lifesaving.
“Volunteer surf lifesavers play a key role along North Queensland’s coastline each year, and we’re always looking for more members to ensure we have the manpower to continue this vital community service for many years to come,” he said.
“Anyone can get involved in surf lifesaving, and it’s never too late to start. While we love to see new patrolling members, there are still plenty of other things that you can sink your teeth into if you’re not confident in the water.
“Most people don’t actually realise how many opportunities are available within surf lifesaving. It’s not just beach patrols – there are literally hundreds of other roles and opportunities to choose from, everything from radio communications to fundraising, administration or coaching,” he said.
There are more than 30,000 Queenslanders currently involved in the surf lifesaving movement, and Mr Davidson said this included people from all walks of life.
“Every year we have mums, dads, grandparents, tradesmen, CEOs, doctors and everyone in between involved in surf lifesaving,” he said.
“If you’ve ever considered getting involved, then this weekend is the perfect opportunity to head down to your local club and see what it can offer you.”
For more information about the roles available within surf lifesaving, visit lifesavingpathways.com.au.
North Queensland Open Day activities:
• Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club – open from 9am to 1pm
Activities include clubhouse tours, nipper information and handouts
• Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club – open from 10am to 4pm
Activities include a free sausage sizzle, clubhouse and facilities tours and beach activities
• Cairns (Palm Cove) Surf Life Saving Club – open from 10am to 2pm
Activities include a free sausage sizzle, clubhouse tours, nipper activities, rescue boat demonstration, stinger drags and rescue scenarios
• Mission Beach Surf Life Saving Club – open from 10am to 2pm
Activities include a free sausage sizzle and lifesaving information