Youngsters relish Lennox Head lifeguard camp

ABOUT 46 young lifeguards from across the North Coast descended on Lennox Head for three days of theory and practical work at Camp Drewe.

The youngsters worked on their fitness, mock search and rescue operations, and learned policies and procedures.

Northern NSW lifeguard co-ordinator Scott McCartney said the group came together well, and that the camp was a successful experience for all involved.

ALL SMILES: Taylor Durrington with her Nipper of the Week award at Yamba.
ALL SMILES: Taylor Durrington with her Nipper of the Week award at Yamba.

"The camp was all about giving everyone the skills and knowledge to be a good lifeguard as they prepare to start their summer patrol on some of the state's busiest beaches," McCartney said.

"Many of them come from a volunteer lifesaving patrol, so part of the camp was teaching them the differences between that and a professional lifeguard.

"For instance while they are used to being part of a patrol of up to eight members, as a lifeguard they may be patrolling a beach solo or with only one other person."

The camp involved plenty of hard work, but there was time for some lighter moments, with time set aside in the evening for people to get to know each other.

The state-wide push to recruit young women to become lifeguards appears to be working with 20 new attendees at the camp, and the hope to attract more.

Meanwhile, competitors from across the Far North Coast branch competed at a nipper carnival in Yamba on Sunday.

Taylor Durrington was named Nipper of the Week.


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