Lennox Head surf lifesavers Sasha Brown (facing), Michael Barnett, Michele Barnett and Maria Kirsten are happy to be still wearing their traditional red and yellow swimming caps.
Lennox Head surf lifesavers Sasha Brown (facing), Michael Barnett, Michele Barnett and Maria Kirsten are happy to be still wearing their traditional red and yellow swimming caps. Jay Cronan

Lifesavers support old patrol caps

IT’S here to stay.

Surf Life Saving Australia’s iconic red-and-yellow patrol cap might not be the most fashionable item on our beaches, but it has been given the thumbs up by members.

A survey was taken recently to decide whether it was now time to get rid of the old cap, but the vast majority of lifesavers voted in favour of keeping it.

Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club president Wayne Jones said he was pleased the cap had been supported.

“The quartered caps represent the culture and history of the surf life saving movement,” he said.

“So, from a personal point of view, I think it’s fantastic.

“They are functional – if you’re in the water trying to rescue someone it identifies you.

“I know there has been a lot of concern from some of our younger members and it’s hard to get them to wear it because it’s not ‘cool’.

“But it’s important to be able to identify ourselves.”

SLSA chief operating officer Peter George said the survey also showed that most members believed the cap was not a barrier to clubs recruiting new or young members.

 

KEEPING THE CAP: WHAT LIFESAVERS THINK

  • 72.5% believe the red-and-yellow patrol cap provides the best in-water identification for a lifesaver.
  • 70% always wear the cap when on duty.
  • 56% say Surf Life Saving Australia should continue to have the cap as mandatory uniform, with 29% asking for it to be optional. Only 5% would like it removed.


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