OPEN DAY: Marcoola Surf Club’s Rob Jenkins and Darren Polla-Mounter head for the water.
OPEN DAY: Marcoola Surf Club’s Rob Jenkins and Darren Polla-Mounter head for the water. Contributed

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MARCOOLA Surf Club will conduct an open day on Sunday to recruit more lifesavers and nippers.

The open day, from 11am until 1pm, will feature tours of the surf club, CPR demonstrations and a day in the life of a surf patrol team.

The family-friendly club, which began in 1969, is also keen to attract members who could fill roles as coaches, officials, trainers, assessors, junior supervisors, fundraisers, committee members, radio operators and barbecue cooks.

The club has about 100 active members, 35 award members, 140 associate members and 130 nippers.

In 1979 Marcoola was the first club on the Sunshine Coast to form a "nipperette" club for girls, prior to females being allowed in the movement. The club was reprimanded for its actions but one year later women were finally accepted into the surf lifesaving ranks.

The two-storey clubhouse has seen many improvements since it was built in 1984. Next month, a new function room will be opened, honouring life member Sid Hillier and his wife Val, both of whom passed away earlier this year.

OPEN DAY

WHAT: Marcoola Surf Club open day

WHEN: Sunday, August 31, 11am-1pm

ABOUT: Learn CPR, join nippers, surf club tour, lifesaving demos


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