Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club wraps up another exciting summer season | The temperature
The Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club (PESLSC) season ended on Easter Monday with the last of the year’s patrols.
PESLSC member Marty Smee said it had been a huge year for the club with the new club rooms completed at the end of October.
“The new facilities have allowed us to store our equipment, both rescue and competition, in less traveled areas. We can now hitch up an IRB and be on the beach in minutes. proved to be a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, all of whom enjoyed the sights and occasional dolphin performances,” Marty said.
“Community memberships have added another dimension to our demographics. We’ve been patrolling every weekend and holiday since early October, with 153 members logging approximately 4,300 hours on the beach.”
Marty said there were 20 incidents, which included rescues, first aid and searches.
“We had no major incidents inside the bay. Lifeguards also logged 85 preventive actions, such as warning people of dangers. In addition to this, 56 volunteers also logged 744 hours of water safety, which which includes water coverage for Nippers, triathlons, and carnival training. We had the addition of 22 new bronze medalists and 17 surf lifesaving certificate holders, bolstering our patrol ranks.” , did he declare.
The Samewave program ran on Saturday mornings, catering to people with disabilities of all ages. A record number of registrations this year and the expanded range of activities, culminating in the IRB rescues, which pushed many of them to their limits. Up to eight volunteers gave up their mornings to deliver the program.
On Saturday afternoons, 130 Nippers enjoyed the beach and learned new techniques. They were supported by a combination of lifeguards, parents (many of whom have water safety qualifications) and young members. The over 40 Competition Nippers trained alongside them and were put through their paces by their dedicated age group managers and specialist coaches. This came to fruition with the team winning a slew of medals in the new state titles format.
A group of seniors (who in our case were teenagers) competed year-round in beach and wakeboard events and won state title medals. Harry Pearce and Ellie-Rose ventured to Queensland for the national titles.
Four surfboats have represented the club this year – two in the Masters categories and two in the younger categories. Chris Tapscott’s return to form a rookie group of U19 girls into two state medals was the big news of the year.
The full potential of the new club rooms has yet to be realized, with equipment racks, shelving and an updated gym to be installed.
“We hope the club will continue to grow as the current youth ranks continue to thrive and provide energy. The future looks good,” Marty said.