A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published January 27th 2016
Sea Safety from North to South
Surf Life Saving can be a great addition to your lifestyle. It can help you get fit and lead a healthy one, gain crucial safety skills, meet new people, and get involved in a valuable community initiative. It's an important part of our culture as many Australians love a day at the beach, with Cronulla contributing four flourishing clubs to this homegrown movement.
Wanda Surf Life Saving Club
Popular with surfers, Wanda Beach in Cronulla is the place to catch the big waves. The club here is family-orientated and tends to the northern end of Cronulla beaches. Wanda SLSC successfully arms its members, both young and old, with important knowledge and skills to use in beach environments. Those from this club say in addition to this training they've gained many new friends.
Sitting along Bate Bay for close to half a century, the Elouera Surf Life Saving Club is known by its members as not only a club but a family, and has won almost every surf life saving title from District to International. Alike the other clubs in Cronulla, it's a non-profit organisation, motivating many fun, social initiatives such as fundraising barbecues on weekends. Off the beach, it provides first aid seminars and opportunities to donate.
Safeguarding swimmers since 1925, this club remains full of active and dedicated volunteers. Members learn invaluable skills from Surf Life Saving Australia Ltd that have helped saved the lives of 12,200 swimmers. Through the club members can also try their hand in surfing, swimming, skiing, and life saving competitions. The carnivals are high-spirited community events.
This is located at South Cronulla Beach. The sheltered layout here means the waves are smaller than those at Wanda. While there aren't as many swimming incidences, there are still ways to put valuable skills into practice, such as tending to Blue Bottle stings.
Little Nippers (not limited to Cronulla SLSC) and the junior lifesaving activities have become a popular way to get kids involved in both an active outdoor lifestyle, and to help them gain confidence in the water. One of the club philosophies is making a difference in the community - they associate with organisations like the Bates Blood Drive.
Surf Life Saving in Cronulla has provided people with a great reason to get in the water, the opportunity to do good for themselves and for others, and plenty of fun on both weekdays and weekends. Why not give it a go yourself?