Annual surf awareness clinic a goer for 2021

Surf skills: The Elouera-Tradies award winning surf awareness clinic teaches all kids how to enjoy the surf safely. Picture:John Veage
Surf skills: The Elouera-Tradies award winning surf awareness clinic teaches all kids how to enjoy the surf safely. Picture:John Veage

COVID has stopped many events this year, but Elouera SLSC and 'The Tradies' have announced that their 39th annual surf awareness clinic will be held between Monday 11th and Friday, January 15 2021.

This unique five-day surf safety program is designed specifically for all children from the ages of 7 to 12 years. It operates from 8.45 am to 12.15 pm at Elouera Surf Life Saving Club, with a 50-metre competency swim test held at Caringbah Leisure Centre, on Friday, January 8.

Each year over one hundred qualified Elouera lifesavers join with several 'The Tradies' directors who volunteer their time over the week to run the daily programs of surf education to the next generation of beach users who carry this knowledge through their lives as they continue to visit the beach and waterways.

The program includes surf danger recognition by identifying wave types, rips and currents, basic theory and demonstration of CPR, first aid and skin protection by the NSW cancer council.

Participants will be taught how to body surf, paddle and ride surfcraft, proper use of flotation vests and explanation of the roles of council lifeguards and the surf life-saving clubs patrol members while visiting the beach.

From the beginning of the surf awareness clinic's 38 years ago, there have been over 11,000 participants graduate through the important beach -safe program, started when Iron Man champion Robert Chapman and Basil Lewis designed the clinics.

Registrations are available on-line www.elouera.com/tradies-surf-awareness-clinic and close January 8.