Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club welcomed the extra lifesavers, who had been training since October, on January 30. Each completed two sessions a week that included online theory, classroom theory, dry practice and in-water rescue skills.
Although the holiday season interrupted the course, president and trainer John Heesters said it did not deter the group’s enthusiasm.
“I’m very proud of the new bronze medallion holders at our club; it’s a demanding course, which requires commitment and teamwork,” he said. “They have given up their own time and worked hard to volunteer in their community; they’re good people.”
His wife Bev helped train, while Sharon Taylor did the assessments with Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club’s Mark Hills and Ed Neilan.
Mr Heesters said the group of “bronzies” would use their newly acquired skills on beach patrols and teaching water safety through the nippers program.
The club will patrol the fourth abalone fishing session of the season on Sunday from 7am to 8am, followed by its usual beach patrol.