Make surf life savers’ work easier

REGION – As the warmer weather returns to the south coast, surf life savers are urging residents and locals to abide by their advice.

Volunteer patrols kick off on Saturday, October 7, but swimmers are asked to swim between the flags at local swimming hot spots to make their jobs easier.

Last season, surf life savers at the Goolwa, Port Elliot, Chiton Rocks, and Normanville clubs performed 28 rescues and 143 first aid cases, and undertook 1124 preventative actions.

In total, over 11,000 hours of volunteer patrolling took place at those beaches.

Once patrols begin, they will continue on weekends and public holidays from 12noon to 5pm, right through untill Easter Monday next year.

Club members say surf life saving offers something for everyone; with the minimum age of five years and no maximum age, nearly anyone can learn something new and meet new people through surf life saving.

On Saturday, October 7, Chiton Rocks Surf Life Saving Club will have a nippers come and try session for kids aged five to 13 from 1pm to 3pm, and will take new membership enquiries from 2pm to 4pm.

Goolwa has a youth come and try for ages 14 to 25 years and a club open/registration day on Sunday, October 15 from 10am to 3pm, as well as a junior come and try for juniors aged five to 13 years from 10am to 12noon on Sunday, October 22.

Three separate events will be held at Port Elliot: an information day for junior and parents from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, October 14; junior registration day for ages five to 13 from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, October 21; and senior registration day for people aged 14 and over from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, October 29.

Normanville’s open day is on Sunday, November 4 from 1pm to 4pm and includes information session about bronze medallion and other awards, registrations, nippers come and try, and a sausage sizzle.

For more information, contact Lindy (Chiton Rocks) on 0417 809 828; Tyla (Goolwa) on 0468 873 675; Geoff (Normanville) on 0438 779 069; or Port Elliot SLSC on 8554 3155.

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