WESTERN Australia’s 31st and newest surf life saving club has grown so fast that they have kicked off their first season of volunteer beach patrols this season.
Alkimos Surf Life Saving Club started in 2017 and is the State’s fastest growing, with more than 320 members.
It currently operates out of a purpose built temporary facility provided by Surf Life Saving WA community partners Lendlease and LandCorp.
It will deliver volunteer lifesaver patrol services every Sunday from 8am to 11 am until March 24.
President Garry Bunford said the patrols were the result of 18 months’ hard work by members.
“It is a testament to the members that our club has been able to build capacity in such a short time to enable us to deliver a beach patrol service for the local community and beachgoers” he said.
The volunteer patrols will complement the existing roving lifeguard patrol service delivered by SLSWA under contract to the City of Wanneroo.
The club is also delivering their second season of nippers this season.
Lendlease WA communities general manager Anthony Rowbottam said the first season of volunteer beach patrols signalled the next stage in the growth of the club.
“The club has become an important community hub within Alkimos Beach and also provides a place for new residents to meet and bond over shared interests,” he said.
In 2015 SLSWA and the Alkimos Beach developers entered a partnership which saw the estate become the first BeachSAFE Community in Australia and they recently extended the partnership until 2021.