Surf Lifesaving clubs are the heart of the beach


Karlie Brady


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Local clubs from around the Far North recently competed in a carnival at Palm Cove. Image: Cairns Surf Life Saving Club.

Surf Lifesaving clubs are the heart of the beach and local Far North Queensland clubs are inviting you to get involved.

Currently in the middle of their season, Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club Coach, Irene Cats, said it is never too late to join in, with the season running through till October.

“It’s part of the upbringing for kids around here, it’s important to learn about water safety and get those basic skills so you can safely enjoy the beach,” she said.

“We’re also welcoming to adults too, it’s not just for kids, and it’s a fun way to get fit.”

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Cairns Surf Life Saving Club, located in Palm Cove, is offering a chance for prospective members to try it out during their come and try days on Sunday mornings.

Junior activities coordinator, Tiera Mikuzis, said anyone under 15 years can take advantage of the offer by getting involved in a free session on a Sunday between 9:30am and 11:30am.

“If they like it then they can join up,” she said.

“We have a reduced membership this year due to COVID so it is very affordable and the best place you can spend a Sunday is at the beach.

“We provide the stinger suits and caps for their first come and try if needed, so just bring goggles and a sense of fun.

“It’s a community volunteer-run sport with the ultimate aim of growing our kids into lifesavers who can patrol the beach and also learn all the facets of life-saving and first aid,” Ms Mikuzis said.

Both the Port Douglas and Cairns Surf Life Saving clubs, along with other far northern clubs, will next compete at the Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Carnival on 12 September.

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