Robe Surf Life Saving Club look to recruit new members

We need you! The Robe Surf Life Saving Club is again looking for new blood on the board and committee for the 2018/19 season. 

“We had a really successful summer patrolling and a really fun Nippers season as well, with lots of kids and families turning up on Sunday,” Robe SLSC president Anthony Moore said.

“We had a few more receive their Bronze Medallions and some more come on board as age managers, which was a lot of help.

“Now we are looking to next season and after having had a lot of people on the committee for a long time, we really are looking for some new faces.” 

The Robe SLS Club will be holding its annual general meeting on August 1 at 7pm upstairs at the Cally.

This meeting will be crunch time for the club as all positions have been declared open.

“If no one new puts their hand up then unfortunately we will not be able to hold Nippers and Little Starfish for the 2018/19 summer,” secretary Sally Smith said. “Even though we had a lot more help last season on the beach, which was wonderful, we really need new faces to take over on the committee. 

“Some of the committee have been on board since the beginning, and it really is time for others to step into these major roles and take the club to the next stage.

“Commitment includes around 8-10 meetings a year and of course some extra time spent at the busy time during the summer ” 

In the event that the Robe SLS Club doesn’t acquire new members the club will continue its patrolling duties with those who have received their Bronze, but there will be no Nippers.

Nippers has however been really successful over the past few years, with large numbers turning out to learn new skills in the water and about beach safety. 

“Nippers and our new Little Starfish program are very valuable to children living on the coast, it would certainly be a shame to see it not go ahead,” Sally said. “Not only does it teach important things about the water and the beach, it is also a lot of fun. We have families from all over the region bringing their children to learn about beach safety.” 

The Robe SLS Club AGM will be held on Wednesday, August 1 at the Cally, starting at 7pm. Keep up to date with the Robe SLS Club’s Facebook page. 

Late last year the club had two more young members complete their Bronze Medallion training in Josh Kellock and Lucy Smith.

Bronze Medallion training is usually held over a number of weeks in the lead up to the season at Robe’s Front Beach.

Last year the club was lucky enough to have trainer Cass Norton from Beachport Surf Life Saving Club taking the younger members through their training late last year. 

Bronze medallion allows the members to be able assist with Nippers and be rostered on to patrols over the busy summer season in Robe.

“Nippers is a great initiative to be involved with, and a great way for local and visiting kids to be better prepared at the beach and have a lot of fun,” said Sally. 

Last season, secretary Sally Smith and committee member Ingrid Kellock took a ‘Little Starfish’ group, with children aged 3 (before September 30) able to come and learn beach safety.

This ran like a beach playgroup and so parents had to remain with their children to support them in their beach activities and play.

One parent was also required to become a member for their child to take part in Little Starfish.