READY TO GO: Deputy chairman of Yamba Surf Life Saving Club Andrew Morris gets the flags ready for patrol season starting on Yamba Main Beach this weekend. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
READY TO GO: Deputy chairman of Yamba Surf Life Saving Club Andrew Morris gets the flags ready for patrol season starting on Yamba Main Beach this weekend. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Time for a swim

THE water's warm, the sand is coming back, the lifesavers are trained and ready to go, and their equipment is in tip-top condition in readiness for Saturday's opening of the 2013-14 surfing season.

Yamba Surf Life Saving Club deputy chairman Andrew Morris said 65 members completed the proficiency tests recently to make sure they were fit and ready for the rigours of the season.

Mr Morris was delighted with the turnout prior to the new season.

"Every year we have to do our proficiencies in fitness, resuscitation, advanced resuscitation, spinal and rubber duck," he said.

He said Main Beach was shaping up well for summer.

"The water is much warmer than it was last year and the sand on Main Beach is really starting to come back well," he said.

"The Far North Coast branch conducted a gear inspection of all our equipment to make sure maintenance has been done and we're all ready to go."

Mr Morris said the club had an early start to the season a couple of months ago when a yacht rolled over on the bar.

"Me and another member were called out of work to do a rescue," he said.

"We had to go out and pick up two people and their dog from the yacht."

The Valley's other surf clubs, Minnie Water-Wooli and Red Rock-Corindi, will also begin patrols on Saturday.

Forecast

Saturday:

 Temperature: Sunny, low to mid-20s.

 Water temperature: 20 deg C.

 Wind S to SW 15-20kmh.

 Sunrise: 5.39am, sunset: 5.41pm.

Sunday:

 Temperature: Some cloud, low to mid-20s.

 Water temperature: 20 deg C.

 Wind S light.

 Sunrise: 5.38am, sunset: 5.42pm



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