Yamba surf club actively seeking new members
By TONY WHITE
THE number of active Yamba surf lifesavers is drying up quicker than the beach on an outgoing tide.
It's somewhat of a conundrum in a township that continues to swell, but while overall membership including associate activists accounts for several hundreds, active member numbers ? those who patrol our beaches ? have dwindled to just 75.
"It's down from over 120 three to four years back," Yamba Surf Life Saving Club (YSLSC) captain Greg Wyllie said.
The club is campaigning to increase active membership and on Sunday, December 11 at 8am, officials are hoping interested persons will join a new bronze medal squad under the guidance of experienced co-ordinator Steve Pettet.
"We're hoping people who maybe have never been involved or people new to the area can come down on December 11 and join the squad," Wyllie said.
"We're on a membership drive and looking to boost numbers.
"Today's surf life savers are a diversified group. You don't have to simply be the best swimmer. We're looking to people with other strengths in first aid, radio etc.
"Anyone joining the club now will find nowadays, it's a professional outfit.
"We recently purchased an image projector for power point presentations and we have a training squad in place to teach people.
"The decline can probably be put down to a few reasons. In the past we haven't had the people in place to train, we've had inquires, but maybe the club hadn't been able to fulfill those commitments.
"Active membership is like the tide charts, it goes in and out. It's been on a sliding decline recently, which is intriguing in a township that continues to swell.
"We're hopeful to get the numbers up and I'd like to think we would have over 100 active members when we celebrate our 100year anniversary of patrolling the beaches in the summer of 2007-08."
Interested persons can contact Steve Pettet on 6645 1298 or the YSLSC on 6646 2462.
The club will stage the annual Convent Beach to Main Beach Swim on Tuesday, December 27 and its Door Knock Appeal will take place on Saturday, January 8.