Surf girls take to the classroom

QUEENSLAND school children today received a lesson in surf safety from 16 young women life savers who know what they're talking about.

As the 2009 Conrad Jupiter's Summer Surf Girls entered Day Two of final judging, the entrants took the experience gained from their 590 collective patrol hours and 116 life saving awards to an outdoor classroom at White Water World, teaching water safety to Coomera State School pupils.

Earlier in the day, their surf lifesaving knowledge and ability was tested with beach activities and one-on-one interviews with the judges.

The Summer Surf Girl program, now in its 45th year, is one of Surf Life Saving Queensland's (SLSQ) largest club-based fundraising initiatives and sees entrants from across the state complete a range of promotional and educational activities during the final judging week held at Conrad Jupiter's.

The entrants arrived on the Gold Coast yesterday and will undergo a four-day judging process before the 2009 Conrad Jupiter's Summer Surf Girl is selected at the Gala Ball on Saturday, May 9, in front of 500 VIPs and supporters.

SLSQ life saving services manager George Hill said community education and awareness was an important aspect of surf life saving and the Conrad Jupiter's Summer Surf Girl entrants would be judged on this criteria.

“These women have been great ambassadors for surf life saving over the past 12 months - by actively patrolling the beach as volunteer life savers, educating the community on surf safety and raising funds for their clubs.”

This year the Conrad Jupiter's Summer Surf Girl entrants are on track to raise more than $500,000.

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