The new Bronze group…ready for action. Image: Contributed

Yamba SLSC welcome some new rescue power

With the NSW school holidays now underway, Yamba Surf Club volunteer patrols for this season are nearing completion. The last patrols of the season will take place on Sunday April 29 followed by an end of season get together for patrol members to be held at the Yamba Bowling Club. This season the club has welcomed a large number of new Bronze Medallion awardees who will now go on to join our patrol ranks; 31 new Bronze holders have been trained and put through their paces by the education team and we look forward to them contributing many hours of volunteer patrols on Main Beach in the future. The latest group successful in gaining their award were assessed on April 8th. They included Leigh Graham, Steve Butler, Angela Crawley, James Kirk, Scott Butler, Lewis Warn, Josh Bridges and Mark Novicky. Congratulations to them and thanks to club trainers and assessors Kim Morgans, Bill Onslow, Linda Horton and Jill Ennever for their time in training and examining the group along with Branch assessor, Geoff Horsey. The Yamba Nippers season has now ended but board training will continue in the off season with James Forbes each Tuesday afternoon. The club was recently advised that the Lower Clarence Quota Club is keen to fund the purchase of two new boards for nippers. These will be greatly received by our young board paddlers. Thank you to Quota. The Nippers AGM will be held on Sunday, May 6. Further details will be advised to members when finalised. The new season of nipper activities will get underway again in late September. Yamba Surf Club recently also welcomed The Italian on the Hill as a new Bronze sponsor of the club – we thank them for their interest in and support of our club. The golf club raffles in aid of the surf club are held at the Yamba Golf and Country Club each Saturday from 5.30pm. Participation in these raffles is greatly appreciated by the club. For all club enquiries, the club office hours are Mon, Wed, Fri from 9.30am – 12.30pm or phone the office – 6646 2463 or email Patrols this weekend: Sat 21/4 – 9am – 12.30pm: Patrol 5 A. Cumberland (C) Sat 21/4 – 12.30pm – 4pm: Patrol 7 S. Worboys (C) Sun 22/4 – 9am – 12.30pm: Patrol 6 R. Varcoe (C) Sun 22/4 – 12.30pm – 4pm: Patrol 8 P. de Billot (C) Cathy Dougherty