SUNDAY, September 22 was the first day for the patrol season on Seven Mile Beach at Shoalhaven Heads with Shoalhaven Heads Surf Lifesaving Club president Karl Poulton leading patrol one on the first weekend of the school holidays.
The club had a busy off-season and held its end of season 2012/13 awards night in June with a dinner at the Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club to recognise club volunteers who have patrolled, organised or helped with many hours of administration, repairs and community liaisons.
Major awards were presented to Dan Wildi, (Col Gumley Award for clubman of the year), Michael Janos (club all-rounder), Jackson Arberry (patrol member ), Nathan Steele (patrol hours) and Annika Janos and Angus Pryde (surf sports achievements).
The club AGM was also held in August.
Club president Karl Poulton thanked volunteers, patrons, supporters and sponsors for a successful 2012 season supporting patrols on Seven Mile Beach.
It has been a challenge to sustain regular patrols from a small but loyal group of senior members, and as a result the club has had to request state and branch surf lifesaving for a reduction in the number of days patrolled by the club for the forthcoming season.
To attract more members, the club is participating in the statewide Surf Club Open Day this Sunday, September 29 from 10am to 1pm.
Come and have a fun family morning and find out about what surf lifesaving is all about and how the club works.
Nippers are aged from 5 to 14 years-old and learn about safety on the beach and in the surf.
Cadets are aged 13 to 15 years-old and work towards the Surf Rescue Certificate to assist on the club’s regular patrols led by bronze medallion members.
The club particularly needs more adults 16 and over to become members of the active patrols on Seven Mile Beach.
If you are willing to train for the bronze medallion, a six week course with the club’s trainers, or may already have a current bronze medallion, the club would like to hear from you.
Adults can also undertake the Surf Rescue Certificate to assist with Nippers water safety and regular patrols.
At the club open day there will be ocean and beach rescue and safety demonstrations, including the rescue helicopter, bronze medallion and surf rescue certificate training information, and membership registration for seniors and junior Nippers.
The canteen will be open for breakfast, coffee and snacks.
For inquiries regarding the open day call 0432 331 915 or email email@example.com