From left, Zoe Hughes, 11, Samantha Hughes, 9, Trixie Miller, 11, Maisie Miller, 9, Shayla Young, 12, Nico Love, 10, from Lennox Head Surf Life Saving Club.
From left, Zoe Hughes, 11, Samantha Hughes, 9, Trixie Miller, 11, Maisie Miller, 9, Shayla Young, 12, Nico Love, 10, from Lennox Head Surf Life Saving Club. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Calling for lifesavers

FOR the first time, surf life saving clubs across NSW will open their doors together in a statewide attempt to get people involved in the sport and service.

Every club on the far North Coast, 10 in total, will take part in the statewide event tomorrow.

Clubs will conduct a range of activities, including life-saving demonstrations and clubhouse tours - and some will even allow the public to simulate rescues.

"It's basically to engage the local community and use it as an opportunity to showcase what life saving can offer to everyone, young and old," NSW surf life saving media and communications manager Donna Wishart said.

The day was created after Queensland conducted several successful statewide open days in recent years.

Ms Wishart said regional NSW clubs expressed more interest in the open day than Sydney clubs.

"If anything, Sydney clubs usually have an over-subscription of members," she said.

"You've got the big tourist Meccas like Byron Bay where the life savers work their bums off, especially in peak season, so they're always looking for new members."

She said a lack of surf life savers on NSW beaches put the public at risk and encouraged people of all ages and abilities to get involved in their local club.

 

Open day

Surf life saving clubs involved included:

  • Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore
  • Brunswick
  • Byron Bay
  • Cabarita Beach
  • Cudgen Headland
  • Evans Head-Casino
  • Fingal Rovers
  • Lennox Head-Alstonville
  • Salt
  • Yamba


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