26 Feb Narrabeen Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Saving lives for 55 years
First formed in 1964, Narrabeen Beach SLSC is now in their 56th season of providing surf lifesaving services. They are responsible for the longest strip on the Collaroy/Narrabeen stretch, covering between Devitt and Loftus Streets.
Dee Why RSL has been a supporter of vital surf lifesaving services right across the Northern Beaches for many years, and has provided well over $150,000 in support to Narrabeen Beach SLSC since 2009.
“When the beach was first patrolled in the 1960s only two reels were required. Now, we have Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs), rescue boards, rescue tubes, radios, advanced resuscitation Oxy-vivas, first-aid kits and training equipment. These items are purchased and maintained largely through the long term support we receive from Dee Why RSL,” said Tammy Cook, Narrabeen Beach SLSC Youth Coordinator.
Narrabeen Beach SLSC maintains a rigorous approach to education and other initiatives, such as surf ski paddling, junior and senior surf carnival participation throughout the season. They also host and support many community events, including the first ocean swim of the season and the Pub to Pub Fun Run.
“While we have always been one of the smallest clubs in the Northern Beaches Branch, it is our enthusiastic and loyal members, along with the support of Dee Why RSL, who ensure that our club continues to thrive, grow and educate the next generation,” added Tammy.
Narrabeen Beach SLSC has a strong youth contingent, known as the ‘Narra Water Rats’, and Tammy is their Youth Coordinator.
“This initiative started in 2013 with just six members, and they chose this name because of water rats being found around the Narrabeen area. Our youth membership base now sits at 60. These members contribute 65% of our overall patrol strength, and is our highest growing membership category. Our Narra Water Rats were recognised with a Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Presidents Award in 2014-15; they also won the NSW Junior Lifesaver of the Year two years in a row!
The initial aim of the surf lifesaving movement was ‘Vigilance and Service.’ With significant dedication, commitment and contributions of all of our club members, along with the long term financial support from Dee Why RSL, we have proudly maintained this high standard of support to our community. There have been no lives lost during patrol hours in our 55 years in existence.”
To find out more visit narrabeach.org.au