Port Lincoln Life Saving Club plans future moves

PROGRESS: Port Lincoln Life Saving Club coordinator Alex Giumelli is happy with the progress that had been made inside of one year.

PROGRESS: Port Lincoln Life Saving Club coordinator Alex Giumelli is happy with the progress that had been made inside of one year.

The Port Lincoln Life Saving Club has been praised for its progress in re-establishing a local surf life saving club but encouraged to take its time to get established in the community.

Work has been underway to start a new club in Port Lincoln since late last year and people continue to put their hands up to volunteer.

Club coordinator Alex Giumelli said since March the committee had grown to include about 14 people.

"Since about six months ago the committee has grown and we're getting new recruits each meeting," he said.

"There's quite a lot of attention from the community that a club needs to be established."

At its most recent committee meeting at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club on Monday evening the club welcomed Surf Life Saving South Australia chief executive officer Damien Marangon who learned about the club's progress.

Mr Marangon said he thought there had been "terrific progress" made.

"We've got a group of really keen, passionate and excited people doing some amazing things," he said.

Mr Marangon said there were three things the club needed to focus on as it entered its second year, the first was identifying people who already had lifesaving medallions or wanted to obtain them.

The other steps were looking at leveraging off the VacSwim program and seeing if a Nippers program was possible, and working closer with the community, including local businesses and the Port Lincoln City Council.

"The bedrock of any surf life saving club is a very healthy Nipper program so we would encourage any of our other 21 surf life saving clubs to focus there," he said.

Mr Marangon said Port Lincoln was in the same position probationary member clubs Robe and Beachport had been in about three to four years ago.

Club president Ray Giumelli said the committee appreciated the ideas Mr Marangon provided on the direction the club should take.

"What it does is gives us a good direction for our long term plan," he said.

The Port Lincoln community is invited to find out more about the club and its plans at a social information session at the Grand Tasman Hotel this Sunday from noon.

People can find out more by visiting the club's Facebook page.

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