Surf club calls for life savers to step up this season

VOLUNTEER numbers at Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club have not swollen to full tide this season so club president David McLean is calling on the community to help out.

Mr McLean said about 20 more people were needed to fill the September to May season roster.

He said it would lighten the load on the 100 or so volunteers already committed.

"We are a bit light on on some patrols," Mr McLean said.

Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club life savers (from left)  Scott Savimaki, Mark Schreiber, Jaye Featherby and Peter Allan are looking for more volunteers to join their ranks.
Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club life savers (from left) Scott Savimaki, Mark Schreiber, Jaye Featherby and Peter Allan are looking for more volunteers to join their ranks. Stuart Cumming

He said volunteers were currently being rostered on every two-and-a-half to three weeks but he hoped to push that out to every four weeks.

Potential recruits will be given training and uniforms well past the value of the $55 club membership incurred to join.

They include surf skills, board skills, CPR, radio communications and signals as well as working in a team environment.

Volunteers will need to be able to swim 400m in a pool in less than nine minutes and be 15 years or older to be able to earn their surf life saving bronze medallion.

The club will run a training course between November 10 and December 3 made up of theory lessons each Tuesday evening and practical lessons on Saturdays.

"We teach them every facet or skill they need to know."

Life saver Scott Savimaki drives up from his Brisbane home every two or three weeks to do a shift.

The 49-year-old used to live on the Coast and has been involved in surf life saving since he was seven years old.

"It's a great organisation to be involved with," Mr Savimaki said.

He said staying healthy, meeting friends and getting outdoors were among the benefits.

Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club radio officer Noel Messer has been volunteering for nearly 20 years.
Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club radio officer Noel Messer has been volunteering for nearly 20 years. Stuart Cumming

Mr McLean said people who wanted to volunteer for any role, not just surf life saving, would be welcome.

He said they should also consider joining other surf life saving clubs if Marcoola was too far out of their way.

"Any club will always want some memberships," Mr McLean said.

For more information visit the Marcoola Surf Club Facebook page or call 5448 7311 during office hours.



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