Young lifesavers step up ahead of summer
THE Torquay Surf Life Saving Club (TSLSC) recently had a large group of young lifesavers take another step in their lifesaving careers.
The 18 club lifesavers completed their 2019 Surf Rescue Certificates, which is the next step towards the lifesavers receiving their Bronze Medallions.
It also enables certificate recipients to develop their skills and learn from others while on patrol.
TSLSC club captain Cam Mercer said it was great for the club to have so many young people progressing through the ranks at the club.
“To have such a big group of teenagers wanting to spend their weekends learning these skills and then joining a patrol for summer is fantastic for the future of lifesaving.
“This group had a mix of kids who had done years of Nippers but also some that are new to lifesaving, which is exactly the message we want to get out – it’s never too late to get involved.”
TSLSC has specifically focused on the 14-17 year-old age group with their Youth Squad program.
Mr Mercer said creating a supportive social community had been a significant factor in the increased numbers coming through.
“We’ve focused on creating a sense of belonging for these kids, they need to want to be here training, so it’s important to make it fun and a little bit social.”
TSLSC is running a Teen Bronze Camp in December for anyone aged 15-18 wanting to get involved. Head to torquayslsc.com.au.
Volunteer patrols will begin on Saturday, November 30.