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13 May, 2022


FAR North Queensland’s five surf lifesaving clubs are on the recruitment drive this weekend, with all clubs hosting their annual Sign On Day on Sunday, May 15 from 10am.

Cairns Surf Lifesaving club members

Ellis Beach SLSC, Port Douglas SLSC, Cairns SLSC, Etty Bay SLSC and Mission Beach SLSC will open their doors to everyone and anyone interested in joining or learning more about surf lifesaving. 

In the 2020/21 season Far North Queensland had a total membership of 1,116 people which include 406 active patrolling members and 326 nippers. 

The 406 patrolling members kept swimmers safe in the Far North by patrolling beaches from April through to November. 

In the 2021 surf lifesaving season these lifesavers patrolled more than 6,700 hours and administered 170 first-aid treatments, with 60 of those for stingers. 

In total they performed 2,463 preventative actions, while saving the lives of four swimmers in distress. 

Surf Life Saving Queensland North Queensland Regional Manager Jennifer Rees encouraged everyone to visit their local surf club this Sunday. 

“There is something for everyone at Surf Life Saving Queensland in the Far North,” she said. 

“Whether you’re interested in patrolling, surf sports or learning first aid, we have something for you. 

“Each patrolling member is trained in First Aid and CPR for free each season and walks away with lifelong skills. 

“Our North Queensland clubs have great values and communities and it is also a great way to make new friends, while learning important skills.”   

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