Lifesaving season begins

SPRING is upon us and so is the start of lifesaving season. You may have noticed the lifesavers were out patrolling our beaches over the weekend and will be doing so every weekend until summer hits.

President of the Tannum Surf Lifesaving Club Tony Davis said they were starting the season in a fairly strong position. "We have had a surge of old and new young members in particular joining the club.

"Our Youth Development Officer Dave Carol has created a youth incentive program aimed specifically at 14-18 year olds.

"We have had a massive increase in the number of kids joining the program.

"At the start of the year we were struggling to get 20 kids in the program.

"Now we have over 40 kids involved and the interest hasn't stopped."

Mr Davis said the program encouraged youth to participate in functions, patrols, fundraising and other activities associated with the club.

"The kids accumulate points during the season and at the end the one with the highest number of points get a ski trip down south.''

Mr Davis said along with the increase in youth joining the club they were also attracting women.

"This is becoming one of our growth areas and it is fantastic.''

Tannum Beach will be patrolled every day over the school holidays.

Mr Davis said a council-employed lifeguard would man the beach during the week and the club would patrol the beach on Saturday from 1-5pm and all day Sunday.

Patrols will revert to weekends and public holidays after the school holidays until summer.



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