On Saturday 21st at 7am. the responsibility of patrolling our Queensland beaches once again came under the control of our volunteer organization, the Surf Life Saving Association of Queensland. This of course included Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach and Peregian.
First of all let us give a vote of thanks to our professional Noosa Shire Lifeguards who during the winter months once again did a fantastic job on our three local beaches. However not only was their patrol work second to none but in the world of International Competition, which involves marathon ski racing events several of our guards came home with medals to their credit. This again highlights the caliber of men and women who patrol the beaches of our shire.
For the Noosa club it indeed presented a busy morning for not only did they commence patrolling for the 2019/20 season but it was also the last morning of the Noosa Seahorse Nipper September program. Being the last morning the event took on something of a party atmosphere; well attended with some 45 nipper’s in attendance, plus parents’ grandparents and supporters.
At the completion of the events all nippers were presented with their medals certificates and this year, new drink bottles (which will be need for their next season). The presentation s were performed by Noosa club Iron Woman champion Lana Rogers and Lifeguard Locke Lansdown. As a gesture of thanks to the workers a large cake made and presented by the Dokon family, a family that has been with the group since it was first started some seven years ago, was very much appreciated
“It has been another successful season,” said Chairman Steve Mawby.” On behalf of our organisers we wish to thank all the young lifesavers who stepped forward to help. Also this year a lot of families have come forward to extend their thanks to the bus driver Ken Edwards and parking attendant Big Peter Williams and helpers. The bus service from the Lions Park area, (an area provided by the Noosa Shire Council) is a great help. This year we have noticed a lot of grandparents coming to support their families and this makes the bus service of the utmost importance. So a big thanks you to the Council for their ongoing support. Don’t forget to mark in your diary, April 2020, the date of the next Seahorse Nippers session.”
Regarding the first weekend of patrols Noosa Club Captain Roger Aspinall said, ‘’It was a great start to the season, patrols at full strength, safe bathing conditions and with the school holidays being on, the beach crowd was big. On Saturday evening we started the season with a club bar-b- que and this was well attended thus giving us a great start to the season.”
Over at Sunshine Beach it was also a good start to the season. For this club it is interesting to note that a new structure of Jet Rescue Ski patrolling is under trial. With this, their Jet Ski availability can only be of great benefit to their beach safety; the long extended beach on the right and the very dangerous A Bay around the corner on their left.
The clubs rebuilding project is progressing well. Club spokesman Warrick Redwood said, “The roof is on and internal structure is well on the way. As always we are hoping the good weather will hold. “We wish the club well for what will be a very busy season.