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Surf lifesaving is becoming more popular. Photo supplied
Surf lifesaving is becoming more popular. Photo supplied

Nine surf clubs from across the far north coast are set to participate in this year’s NSW Surf Club Open Day on Sunday, in what organisers say proves surf lifesaving is becoming increasingly popular.

The clubs will open their doors and put on a number of activities including lifesaving demonstrations, clubhouse tours, barbecues and displays.

Some clubs will also be offering people the chance to try out a range of beach activities and rescue scenarios first hand, to give them a feel for the challenges and excitement of surf lifesaving.

With over 4,600 surf lifesavers registered last season, far north coast SLSC branch president Wilson Cregan believes this event is a great time for clubs to boost their membership and show the public what can be achieved when part of a surf club.

‘There are so many benefits to joining a surf club,’ Mr Cregan said.

‘Apart from learning vital lifesaving skills, you can get involved with support services such as powered water craft, get fit and healthy participating in surf sports, or simply give something back to the community through voluntary patrols, all while making lifelong friends,’ he said.

‘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.

‘The far north coast clubs are finalising preparations to give the public the best possible insight into what surf lifesavers do.

‘It’s amazing to see most of our clubs have registered for the event including 2014/15 Surf Life Saving NSW Club of the Year, Cudgen Headland.

‘Current members from all clubs will also be available to show the community around and answer any questions about the club.

‘There are literally 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,’ Mr Cregan said.

Clubs taking part in the event are:

Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore SLSC
, Brunswick SLSC
, Byron Bay SLSC
, Cudgen Headland SLSC
, Evans Head-Casino SLSC
, Fingal Rovers SLSC, Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC
, Salt SLSC, Yamba SLSC.

For more information and to register your interest, visit the SLSNSW Surf Club Open Day event page or contact your local surf club.



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