Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club member Cliff Harvey.
Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club member Cliff Harvey. Mike Richards

Warmer climate makes surf lifesaving more pleasant

THE chance to give back to the community and being surrounded by like-minded people at the beach has kept Cliff Harvey involved in the surf lifesaving movement for the past 13 years, despite the fact he has moved states for work.

The Boyne Island resident is an environmental scientist who looks after marine works for APLNG.

Before moving to the region with his family, Mr Harvey lived in Perth and before that in Melbourne.

The warmer water is a welcome perk of his most recent move, with Mr Harvey's tongue firmly in his cheek when describing beach patrols in the country's south: "We sat on the beach wearing those sleeping bags with the hoods and people were still in the water."

Having been a member of the Tannum Sands SLSC for the past three years, Mr Harvey is now the IRB captain and IRB racing coach for the club.

Although the club has made significant strides in increasing the number of IRB-proficient members - training 14 this season - Mr Harvey encourages more people to join the family-orientated club.

He said IRB racing helped hone the skills needed for when "you're in high pressure like emergency situations or rough seas", and being a lifesaver was an overall rewarding experience.