Coffs Coast Advocate

Newbies start beach patrol

RAINBOW Beach has just become a safer place to swim over summer following the addition of 17 youths to existing patrol teams.

The 17 new additions completed a bronze medallion camp conducted at Rainbow Beach, resulting in seven bronze medallion lifesavers and 10 surf rescue certificates.

Alan Gerrard was the chief training officer of the camp, running from September 27 to October 4. Dean McEwan joined Gerrard in running the camp.

Participants ranged from 13 to 17 years of age and camped at the Rainbow Beach club for the week while undergoing an intense training schedule.

All aspects of surf lifesaving were covered with the latest training tools.

The training culminated on October 4 as the hopefuls were put through physical beach work coupled with theory in the classroom.

Starting at 6am and finishing at 8.30pm, the day of testing was a gruelling process to determine suitability as lifesavers.

It's a task not taken lightly, as lives will ultimately depend on their capabilities.

The Rainbow Beach rallied behind the participants, with the Supporter Club teaming up with parents and interested locals in ensuring the 17 participants had everything needed over the week.

A mountain of food was required to keep the young bodies fuelled, especially during the taxing physical components of the course.

Meanwhile, another camp is being planned for January next year and already numbers are beginning to build.

It's a perfect chance to gain new qualifications while making the beaches a safer place for locals and tourists.

Interested individuals can contact Alan Gerrard on 0409 328 875 for further details about the camp.

Gympie Times


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