THE red and yellow flags are back on Mid North Coast beaches from this weekend.
The start of the 2021-2022 surf lifesaving patrolling season starts Saturday, September 18.
The eight surf lifesaving clubs on the Mid North Coast - Macksville-Scotts Head, South West Rocks, Hat Head, Kempsey-Crescent Head, Port Macquarie, Tacking Point, Wauchope-Bonny Hills and Camden Haven, have all been working hard in the off season and are ready.
Flags will also return to Flynns Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Lake Cathie Beach, Rainbow Beach, and North Haven Beach as the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) commence patrols from Monday to Friday during their seven-month stint at local beaches.
James Turham, Port Macquarie Hastings lifeguard supervisor said he's already anticipating a busy season.
"Throughout the winter months, we still saw strong numbers of visitors at our local beaches, especially with COVID restrictions rousing people to get out for active recreation and to enjoy the outdoors," Mr Turnham said.
"I'm sure with easing restrictions and the weather getting warmer, everyone is eager to return to the water. We're anticipating a busy season, but we're happy to be getting back on the job and keep our community safe."
Beach users are reminded to keep a beach towel length between each other when enjoying the beach this summer and to follow the NSW public health orders.
Surf Life Saving Mid North Coast president, Rod McDonagh, acknowledges the impact that COVID-19 has had on local clubs and their members.
"For the past three seasons, we have been saying that the next season will be back to normal. With fires, floods and now COVID-19 this has yet to be the case. Our members continue to show their commitment to keeping our beaches safe as well as assisting in other emergency responses throughout the community," he said.
All clubs along the Mid North Coast are currently recruiting new members to come and join the surf life saving movement.
"Being a surf lifesaver is not just about being a strong swimmer or board paddler to do a rescue. We need members on the beach that have strong skills in a range of areas - emergency management, communications, first aid, community education and drone operation just to name a few," Mr McDonagh said.
"We are an inclusive organisation and if you have been thinking of joining a surf club for the first time or you are a past member looking to get back involved now is the time. With the ongoing support of Newcastle Permanent Building Society, we are able to provide our members with resources and various opportunities within the surf life-saving movement."
As well as the start of the new season there has also been recognition of members who have shown their dedication of many seasons with the announcement of three new life members of Surf Life Saving Mid North Coast - Gary Hawkins, Kim Rayner and Paul Rayner.
The three life members who continue to serve on the executive committee were very honoured to receive this recognition.
"I love the fact that I can provide a service to the community and work with other volunteers who have common goals," Mrs Rayner said.
Mr Hawkins said he is inspired by those who proudly wear the red and yellow.
"I thank my fellow members and family for their support over many years."
Mr Rayner said he is grateful to be in an organisation that has so many like-minded people who are willing to avail themselves for the betterment of surf lifesaving and providing a community service at the same time.
For more information on how to join one of the Mid North Coast Clubs visit www.slsmnc.com.au.
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