Taking beach skills to the bush
STUDENTS in the bush may not visit the beach often but they will be prepared thanks to Gold Coast surf lifesavers.
A community initiative between Surf Life Saving and Telstra this week will equip South-West Queensland students with beach safety knowledge.
North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club youth development officer Jack Aleckson said he volunteered for the Beach to Bush program as soon as the call went out.
“It will be interesting to see how much the kids know about the surf,” Mr Aleckson said.
“I've grown up on the coast so I don't know anything different but some of those kids have never been to a beach.”
The 19-year-old university student said he had been involved in surf clubs since his parents signed him up to nippers.
“I didn't really like the competition side and when I joined the North Burleigh club I was introduced to a range of avenues that didn't involve competition.”
Mr Aleckson said he helped coordinate events for youth involvement in the surf club while he completed his law degree at Bond University.
“We provide a range of events to enable them to keep coming back to the club and keep them involved after they finish nippers.”
“Surf Club has given me so much and it's nice to help the community and give something back.”
Chantel Clegg from Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club said the lifesavers would speak to primary school children about the dangers of beach rips and other safety tips.
“Students will gain surf safety knowledge and awareness and they will get an orientation to the signals lifesavers use.”
The 23-year-old from Reedy Creek said she would enjoy teaching the students surf safety.
“It's the satisfaction of knowing I could be saving someone's life.”
Mrs Clegg said she had worked for Surf Life Saving Queensland for three years in training and recruitment but also volunteered as a youth development officer.