The UOW Surf Life Saving Club was only established last month, but they already have big plans for the future. The club has jumped straight into training members so that they’re beach-ready and raring to help other clubs over the upcoming patrol seasons. However, patrolling the beach isn’t all they’re going to be doing.
“Our Surf Life Saving division at UOW will be working each year with a chosen club of the Illawarra Surf Life Saving branch, this year being Fairy Meadow, to provide opportunities for students to further their knowledge about the beach lifestyle,” said UOW Surf Life Saving Club President, Matthew Theris. He said that they will also be holding social events, and information sessions on campus for prospective members.
Fairy Meadow Surf Life Saving Club President, Tony Chapman, said that he is excited about the prospect of collaborating with the new club. “I think it will be a great opportunity for its members to acquire new skills, meet new people, make lasting friendships and aid the community.”
Having been involved with Surf Life Saving Australia for 30 years, Chapman believes that it’s important to seek assistance from as many people as possible. “With some clubs struggling to fulfil their patrol requirements, having a patrol from UOW available to help out will make a huge difference. Also, I feel that it’s great to have new people with different perspectives and backgrounds involved with any organisation – this leads to fresh ideas and innovations.”
Theris has recruited a number of dedicated members for his club, but he’s always looking for more. He feels that the active lifestyle surf life saving provides would be beneficial to anyone. “It’s a great atmosphere with amazing people volunteering their time for the community. It’s great fitness, and the skills you learn will save someone’s life one day – whether that be at the beach, on patrol or in the community away from the beach. It’s very rewarding and I would recommend it to anyone.”
According to Surf Life Saving Australia’s 2014 annual report, there were 11,711 rescues and 980 helicopter missions in Australia last year. By providing their assistance and promoting beach safety, the UOW Surf Life Saving Club hopes to reduce these statistics.
To find out more about The UOW Surf Life Saving Club and their upcoming events, visit their Facebook page.