HAVE you ever thought about becoming a surf lifesaver?
Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is on the hunt for new members, holding a state-wide Surf Club Open Day on Sunday 31 August to showcase opportunities available both on and off the beach.
SLSQ’s sixth annual Open Day will see almost 30 surf life saving clubs across the state throw open their doors and roll out the welcome mats, hosting a variety of activities including rescue demonstrations, barbecues, displays and presentations from some of Queensland’s top surf lifesavers.
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As part of the day, a number of clubs will also be offering visitors the chance to try out patrol activities and rescue scenarios first-hand to give them a genuine feel for the challenges, opportunities and excitement of surf lifesaving.
SLSQ membership development manager Brenda Lofthouse said the Open Day was a chance to give people an insight into the opportunities available to them within the surf lifesaving movement.
“Anyone can get involved with surf lifesaving, no matter if you’re young or simply young at heart. We love to see new patrolling members but there are plenty of other things that you can do if you’re not confident in the water or you just don’t want to get your feet wet,” she said.
“Most people don’t actually realise how many opportunities there are. There are literally hundreds of things to choose from – everything from radio communications to administration and fundraising, to managing a team of competitors at a local surf carnival.
“It’s a great opportunity to get involved and give something back to the community while, at the same time, learning new skills and meeting lots of new people in the process,” she said.
There are more than 30,000 Queenslanders currently involved in the surf lifesaving movement and Ms Lofthouse said this included people of all shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds.
“Every year we have mums and dads, grandparents, doctors, tradesmen and company CEOs all involved with surf lifesaving in some capacity,” she said.
Gold Coast’s Olivia Wilson has been involved with surf lifesaving since she was a nipper, and encouraged all Queenslanders to consider giving it a go.
“My mum, dad and four older brothers were all involved in surf lifesaving before I was born, so I was pretty much born into the surf club. There are very few memories I have growing up that don’t involve being in the surf club or being around people from surf lifesaving,” she said.
“The relationships that I’ve formed through surf lifesaving are some that will never be surpassed outside of surf. We are people from all walks of life, coming together with one purpose.
“The experiences that we go through together really strengthen our relationships and make the bond unbreakable. It’s really special and something I think is really unique to surf lifesaving.
“Lifesaving for me is ingrained in everything I do. I learnt how to communicate to people from all walks of life, I learnt how to handle myself in situations where it would be easy to crumble under pressure, I have made lifelong friends, spent quality time with family and, of course, I learnt how to save a life,” she said.
SLSQ’s sixth annual Surf Club Open Day will be held on Sunday 31 August. Participating clubs will be open from 9am to noon and everyone is welcome to attend. For further information, please contact SLSQ on 3846 8000 or visit lifesaving.com.au/open-day.