Sunday September 11 will see Thirroul SLSC open its doors to the public and returning members. The Registration and Open Day is a chance for returning members to learn how to register online but more importantly if you are new to the area, or Surf Life Saving, it is an opportunity to see what the volunteer organisation does within the community.
Thirroul SLSC is involved in a number of programs including nippers, education, competition (junior and senior), but its core role is and always will be patrolling the beach.
By opening the doors to the public it creates opportunity to find out about competition, sign up for training programs, volunteer to help out with BBQ's, other fundraisers and nippers.
"It's a meet and greet for old and new members of all ages" Thirroul SLSC Vice President Julie Turner said, she continued "patrol rosters will be available and club clothing and swimwear can be ordered on the day".
Junior Activities Life Saving, commonly referred to as Nippers is open to children aged five and older. The age groups for all Surf Life Saving members is calculated by the current age as at midnight on September 30th of each year. A child must be five years old before they can be involved in a nippers program.
During the surf clubs renovation of 2014 a training room was built to continue the long standing tradition of education within the Illawarra. Many nationally recognised certificates and awards, including the Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion, have been earned at Thirroul.
Surf Life Saving Australia is a community cause committed to reducing coastal drownings by 50% by 2020. Thirroul SLSC operates under the banner of SLSA and keeping the community safe is at the fundamental of what each person within the club does. The first volunteer patrol is scheduled for September 25.
Thirroul Surf Club doors will be open Sunday September 11 from 9am until 12pm.