Become a lifesaver

THE Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club will be conducting bronze medallion training for interested members of the community, starting next week.

The seven-week course will be based at the club's Shelly Beach headquarters and give participants the core skills to become Australian volunteer surf lifesavers.

Club chief instructor Joe Keane encouraged members of the community to think about becoming involved.

“Our patrolling ranks are made up of a wide range of people with varying backgrounds, ages and motivations,” he said.

“We have older members who do the course that are looking to give something back to their community.

“Younger members do it to compete in various surf sports competitions, or as a way to increase their own confidence in the surf.

“In all cases, new members comment that it is a great way to meet new people with similar motivations to do something for the community.”

The $80 course fee includes membership, course materials and a patrol uniform at the completion of the course. Participants need to be at least 15 and should be a moderate swimmer or stronger. To register call 0401 381 578 no later than Saturday. Further information from

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