SUSSEX Inlet and Districts Surf Life Saving Club faces closure on Sunday.
The club’s senior membership has been at critically low levels for about four years and the required lifesaving services can no longer be provided by the club.
Surf Lifesaving South Coast branch president Steve Jones’s concern for public safety on Cudmirrah Beach is one of the factors behind the likely shutdown.
“I understand the club has between three and possibly eight bronze medal holders to patrol for the coming season,” he said.
“The minimum requirement to patrol that beach is 30 bronze medal holders.
“This is grossly inadequate for member and public safety,” he said.
If the club can’t train enough new members to meet requirements Mr Jones said as president he was not prepared to risk public safety on that beach.
On Sunday, Mr Jones and the South Coast branch director will visit the club to discuss its options.
Many attempts have been made over the past four years to keep the club going.
A number of Sydney and Illawarra club members have supported Sussex and Shoalhaven City Council has funded additional coverage on Sundays and public holidays.
“It has been a full-on effort over four years,” Mr Jones said.
He said there were a few options to discuss on Sunday but allowing the current operations to continue was “very doubtful”.
“If we close them, we have the authority to keep their assets and funds until they reform in a reasonable timeframe,” Mr Jones said.
“If the club does not reform, the assets and money will be dispersed across needy clubs in the state and the building handed back to council,” he said.
Closure would result in lifeguards being at the beach through peak Christmas period only.
Sussex Inlet and Districts Surf Life Saving Club member Leanne Wardrop invited anyone willing to become involved in the club to attend the meeting on Sunday at 10am in the club house.
“We need to show the South Coast branch we want our club to remain open and this is our last chance to do so,” she said.
“We have some new committee members with new ideas but we also need past, present and future members at this meeting to show we mean business.
“If we can get enough people to join it can be as little as four hours per month,” she said.