WARWICK Webb spent a decade developing a surf lifesaving facility in Mandurah.
But development of a home for the club was an unnecessarily long journey and according to Webb, was described by some people as a process that required volunteers to ‘wage a war’ with those in power for common sense to prevail.
Today, Mandurah boasts the stunning Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club at San Remo where Webb recently launched his book Caught in a Rip that looks at the trials and tribulations that beset him over the years before his dream became a reality.
Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club, established in 1996 when Mandurah’s population was just 37,000, operated a patrol at Doddi’s Beach.
The club lived in the Webb’s San Remo home and garage for almost 10 years.
Both Webb and his wife Georgina spent eight years on the club management committee, a decade as surf live savers and Georgina was for many years the only club trainer.
The family of four covered most life saving roles and provided a small beach patrol covering all classes of surf lifesavers.
Although they had fun along the way, there were many occasions when things became difficult.
“Striking the balance for the creation of a happy liveable community with facilities to engage and provide a sense of belonging to all walks of life and build long term relationships and respect is difficult,’’ he said.
Years of frustrated dealing similar to swimming against the current to reach a great outcome often left him feeling he had been caught in a rip (hence the book’s title) but passion and persistence got him through.
Webb is not averse to speaking his mind and Caught in a Rip is an enjoyable read, both for anyone interested in lifesaving or in the recent history of Mandurah.
Caught in the Rip is available from on line stores including Amazon and Kindle or the hard back ($16.95) by texting 0438 151 450 or contacting email@example.com.