This coming Sunday 26 August, 10 north coast surf clubs will open their doors to visitors and new members for their first ever statewide Surf Club Open Day.
Clubs will host a range of activities, including lifesaving demonstrations, clubhouse tours, barbecues and displays. Some will also offer people the chance to try out a range of beach activities and rescue scenarios first hand to give them a genuine feel for the challenges and excitement of surf lifesaving.
Surf Life Saving NSW’s (SLSNSW) Gary Chapman said the Surf Club Open Day would give the public the opportunity to see the wide variety of activities they could get involved in at a surf club, or to sign up before the patrol season starts on September 22.
‘With the season starting in a couple of weeks, now is a great time to think about joining a surf club and giving back to the community,’ said Gary Chapman.
Far north coast branch president Wilson Cregan says there are hundreds of volunteer roles to choose from: everything from patrolling the beach on a Sunday morning, to radio communications, administration and fundraising, or managing a team of competitors at a surf carnival.
‘There are so many benefits to joining a surf club. Apart from learning vital lifesaving skills, you can get involved with support services such as powered watercraft patrols, get fit and healthy participating in surf sports, or simply give something back to the community through voluntary patrols, all while making lifelong friends.
‘One of the great things about joining a surf club is that you walk into a ready-made group of friends. It’s also a great way to spend some family time together, while doing something good for the community,’ said Wilson Cregan.
All 10 far north coast surf clubs are participating in the open day:
· Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club
· Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club
· Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club
· Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club
· Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club
· Evans Head Casino Surf Life Saving Club
· Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club
· Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club
· Salt Surf Life Saving Club
· Yamba Surf Life Saving Club.