In 2014, when Jeremy Kay was looking for a local community sporting group to join with his children, Ellis Beach SLSC captured his attention.
The ability for not only his children to get involved but also himself as a mature adult was a key drawcard.
“There are so many sports out there you can sign your kids up to, but there are very few where you can be involved as well, surf lifesaving is one of those.
“I knew it would also teach my children good values and instill leadership skills into them over time.
“They are able to grow each year through the age groups and make lifelong friends while also learning about beach safety and first aid,” Kay said.
Initially becoming involved through Junior Activities, Jeremy has since gone on to become an active patrolling member, gaining his Bronze Medallion in 2017.
“I have taken on various roles within the club including Chief Training Officer.
“Training new members gives me a chance to welcome them into the club, our club is quite small so we are like a family,” Kay said.
Surf lifesaving is full of opportunities and most recently Jeremy undertook drone pilot training as part of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drone program.
“It is another way to give back to the community, I am often at the club patrolling or helping with water safety so being able to operate the drone is another way to keep the public and fellow club members safe,” he said.
To find out more about how you can get involved in your local club please visit lifesavingpathways.com.au
Article by Chloe Maxwell