We Need You!

Austinmer Surf Life Saving club has a long and proud history; however we now need more patrolling members to join the club to help with keeping our beautiful beach safe. Patrols occur on Sundays, and public holidays, from late September to April. Patrols normally go for 4 to 4 ½ hours, either morning or afternoon. The number of patrols a season for an individual is usually between 10 and 16. If a patrolling member cannot make his or her patrol a reserve can normally be found.

To help increase patrolling numbers Austinmer Surf life Saving Club is running a Bronze Medallion course over the weekend of the 25th to 27 October. This is the entry level qualification to become a patrolling member at any surf lifesaving club. The course will run on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. It will involve both taught and practical elements, including undertaking rescues in both the pools and on the beach. More information on the Bronze Medallion is provided below. This course will be run at the Austinmer Surf lifesaving clubhouse, there is no cost for this course plus we will feed you. On completion of this course and when you start patrolling you will be provided with the ‘very dapper’ lifesaving uniform.

Before candidates can undertake any of the ocean activities they will need to complete an unaided swim of 400 m in nine minutes or less. That is approximately eight lengths of the pools at the beach. Both Corrimal public pool and the University of Wollongong public pool are heated and good locations to practice before the swim assessment. This is a great way to increase your fitness and strength. Also, before the course starts candidates will need to join the Austinmer Surf Life Saving club and complete online modules.

We would love to have you as part of the team. If you are interested in becoming a patrolling member and undertaking your Bronze Medallion could you please email troyh@uow.edu.au and he can provide more information and register you for the course.

We look forward to seeing you

Austinmer Lifesaving Club Committee.