Burnie Surf Life Saving Club

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The Burnie Surf Life Saving Club has more than 400 members who regularly volunteer their time to patrol the beach at Burnie and contribute to beach safe education programs. To maintain this level of community commitment, the Club works hard to recruit, train and retain members, particularly young people between the ages of 15 to 25. The Club identified that there was a particular need to recruit and retain female members.

With support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, the Burnie Surf Live Saving Club was able to purchase a double ski to allow expert paddlers to train and introduce beginner paddlers into the movement. Having a double ski allows users to experience early success in learning and provides a safer, more positive initial experience with the help of a mentor.

The double ski purchased has an adjustment system which is simple, quick and sturdy, allowing for multiple users within one training session with minimal down time for adjustment for height.

Since purchasing the double-ski and providing the training and mentoring the Club has been able to successfully retain a number of younger members, particularly females and as a result has been able to increase beach patrols.