60 years of saving lives

When a father and son got caught in a dangerous rip at the north end of Clifton Beach earlier this year, members of the Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving club were on hand to assist, putting their skills into practice and saving two lives in the process.

Club captain Simon Bailey said that although life-or-death situations were rare, club members were always prepared for any emergency.

“The swift response and great efforts of our patrol members in saving the lives of these two visitors was a testament to their training,” he said.

“Our patrol team is incredibly committed and passionate about what they do, each member volunteers roughly 200 to 300 excess hours every year.

“We are one of the largest Surf Life Saving Clubs in Tasmania with more than 400 members.

“In 2023, the club celebrated 60 years of operations at Clifton Beach and has become a family orientated club, with multiple generations dedicating their time to keeping this beautiful area, and its people, safe.”

Clifton Beach is one of the most popular surfing and recreational beaches in Tasmania, with more than 8,000 visitors recorded across a three-day weekend in the summer of 2023.

Mr Bailey said the club had always maintained a strong relationship with the local community.

“Our main focus is water safety education, which involves teaching our nippers, of which there are almost 150, about water safety in a fun and welcoming environment,” he said.

“Nippers include kids from age five to fourteen and we have maintained our healthy numbers across the past decade.

“We also run a very successful surf-sports program and our members often rank highly in team-focused surfing events.

“We are working very closely with the community and other organisations to ensure that we provide the highest level of water education for our team and the safest experience for every visitor.”

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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