Sign-on to save lives this summer
HERVEY Bay's beaches will soon be awash in bright pink and red with the surf lifesaving season about to start.
With competitions starting next month, Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club is holding two sign-on events this weekend for anyone as young as six.
Publicity officer Mark Cassidy said becoming a surf lifesaver was rewarding, challenging and fun, but, more importantly, members learn how to save people's lives.
"Learning to swim in an ocean environment is a lot different than the pool, but we teach all sorts of skills," he said.
"There are added benefits like learning first-aid and CPR, which is beneficial for everybody.
"Being out there on a Sunday morning, there's a real nice family fun atmosphere and you get to do some great activities."
The club is anticipating a boost in interest following the success of the Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving Championships in March.
Cassidy said surf lifesaving competitions cater for the youngest members, known as nippers, right through to masters-level surf lifesavers.
"We have coaches that specialise in water events and others that specialise in beach events," he said.
"But what makes Hervey Bay pretty unique is it allows for those who want to go to competitions and others who just want to get active and aren't so competitive, and it is still a good value sport for them because there is a lot of fun involved."
The club's first competition is the Hervey Bay Masters Carnival on September 28, but the one many are looking forward to is the Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Junior Championships in February.