Dive into summer by signing up to Tannum Sands SLSC
SURF lifesaving is more than just a sport, it equips people with skills that save lives.
Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club is a strong club when it comes to competition but, ultimately, it is there to keep the beach safe for the community.
"We have around nine patrols with six to eight people on each patrol," Phillip Massingham from the Tannum club said.
"Our ultimate goal is to save people on the beach, we are here to make it a safe place for the community."
With the important aim in mind for the club and beachgoers alike, Tannum sets out to encourage new lifesavers and help current ones by building a strong sport culture.
Ranging from nippers to surf boats and inflatable rescue boat competition, the club has a strong record that it is hoping to continue this summer.
"The club had a really successful year, both in lifesaving and beach patrol last season," Massingham said.
"Our junior movement was strong and really good on the average for our branch members, we had a very good year all round."
Tannum Sands is looking to improve the numbers and ability of its members yet again after high-level wins in all categories, including a national title for one of the surf boat crews.
The club has already seen a rise in beach numbers with the weather warming up and the beginning of the season officially starts with two sign-on days in the next two weeks.
Although they will be looking to win a lot over the summer, the message from the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club is simple.
"We have a supportive community and a safe beach is what we want," Massingham said.
- When: September 8 and 15
- Where: Tannum Sands Swimming Pool
- Time: 8.30-9.30am for new, 9.30-10.45am for renewing
- Cost: Family $210 and single $65