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Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club President Amanda Castle at last weekend’s assessment session for Nippers at the Sale pool.

Surf life savers ready

Surf life savers ready

Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club President Amanda Castle at last weekend’s assessment session for Nippers at the Sale pool.

Patrols being at Seaspray this weekend

Surf life savers will be on the Seaspray beach from this weekend as the first patrols of the season get underway.

The surf life savers will be keeping an eye on beach goers as they enjoy themselves in the water and on the sand from this Saturday until Easter.

Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club President Amanda Castle urged everyone who goes into the water to stay safe and swim between the flags that will be erected on the sand in front of the clubhouse.

“Our club members have been working hard to prepare for the beginning of the patrol season,” Mrs Castle said.

“Our rescue equipment has been checked and serviced and is ready for use. Our life savers, too, are well trained, experienced and prepared for whatever the summer months may bring.”

The first patrol starts on Saturday at 1pm and ends at 4pm. On Sunday, surf life savers will be on duty on the beach between 10am and 4pm.

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Mrs Castle said anyone who wanted to be a qualified surf life saver needed to hold their Bronze Medallion. She urged anyone interested in getting their Bronze Medallion to register now.

“This is the final week to sign up to get your Bronze,” Mrs Castle said. “To qualify, you must attend the Advanced Resuscitation Techniques training this Saturday from 9 o’clock at the club house.

“This training is open to all members, including active patrol members who want to improve their skills and our teens working towards their Surf Rescue Certificate.”

Bronze participants will then stay at the beach from Friday 6 December until Sunday 8 December to complete their training and assessment.

The course also involves first aid and first responder training and water-based sessions. It provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling and surf awareness to participate in life saving operations.

Bronze Medallion holders also received nationally accredited and transferable qualifications in CPR and Certificate Two in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue).

Mrs Castle also urged past Bronze members, including teens and adults, to volunteer take part in patrols over summer.

“We want to hear from past our Bronze members who are keen to help out as volunteer life guards over the season and boost our volunteer base,” Mrs Castle said. “It’s enormously rewarding give back to our community and to provide a genuine service to those who come down to enjoy our beautiful beach.”

Anyone interested in getting their Bronze Medallion should visit https://www.seaspraysurfclub.org.au/clubactivities/training-assessment/bronze-medallion/.

Also on the beach this weekend for the first time this season will be the young participants in Seaspray’s Nippers program.

“We’ve had more than 140 kids at our two sessions at the Sale pool over the past two weekends, which is wonderful,” Mrs Castle said. “It’s going to busy at the club on Sunday as our Nippers will be there with their families, many who’ve never been to our club before.”

“It’s terrific to have so many children involved in Nippers as we hope many of Seaspray’s future surf life savers will be among them.”

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