Broome Surf Life Saving Club

Broome Surf Life Saving Club Information
Address PO Box 1732, Broome WA 6725
Club Rooms Ph 9193 7327
Email broomeslsc@westnet.com.au
Web www.broomeslsc.com

The Broome Surf Life Saving Club was formed in 1987 as a result of the increasing number of tourists and residents frequenting Cable Beach, and community concern that a lifesaving service was needed.

Since 1987, the Broome Surf Lifesaving Club has provided a volunteer beach safety service of the highest standard to the community of Broome and to the thousands of visitors to Cable Beach every year.

In that time, Broome Surf Life Saving Club has provided in excess of 20,000 hours of patrol time at no cost to the community. This service equates to over three hundred thousand dollars. Yet, our service is provided to the community absolutely free.

Broome Surf Life Saving Club has grown from an initial membership of 10 to a total in excess of 200.

Who Can Become a Surf Lifesaver?

Anyone from the age of five can join the Broome Surf Life Saving Club and learn the necessary skills to become an active surf lifesaver.

Junior Activities - “Nippers”

Children can join Junior activities from the age of five. Junior activities teach surf awareness and safety through the Surf Education programme. Children are able to participate in board paddling, surfing, swimming, running, wading and other fun games and activities.

Surf Rescue Certificate

Surf Lifesavers can achieve this award from the age of 13 to help prepare for active patrol duties. The award trains candidates in rescue skills, first aid and patient management, resuscitation, plus safety knowledge and surf awareness.

Bronze Medallion

The Bronze Medallion is the core award for Surf Lifesavers. Available to Surf Lifesavers aged 15 and over, this award is designed to skill in areas such as surf awareness, survival, patrol and rescue procedures and emergency care. All of these skills combine to train candidates to be effective surf patrol team members, tasked with providing a safe beach environment for the community.

Patrol Hours

The Broome Surf Life Saving Club provides voluntary surf patrols between May & October. The patrol provides a comprehensive beach service including mobile beach and boat patrols.

Patrol hours are:

Sundays 8.30am – 4.30pm

During May to October the Shire of Broome appoints Lifeguard patrols for Cable Beach during weekdays, Saturdays and Public Holidays.

Where do I Swim in Safety?

The most important thing to remember when you’re at the beach is to swim between the flags. This is where the Surf Lifesavers patrol, and designates the safer area to swim.

What is a rip?

Basically, a rip is water moving back to sea. Rips are the most common cause of rescues on Australian beaches and do occur on Cable Beach, usually around the high tide period. Tidal currents also create rips, particularly in the areas adjacent to the main formation of rocks on Cable Beach. Generally the larger the surf the stronger the rip.

How do I identify a rip?

Common characteristics of the rip include:

  • Murky water due to the sand being stirred up
  • Waves breaking on either side of the rip
  • Foam and debris floating on the water
  • A rippled look when the surrounding water is generally calm

How do I escape from a rip?

Don’t panic, stay calm.

Weak or tired swimmers should float with the current, then swim parallel to the shore for about 30 metres. Once out of the rip, swim back to the shore, or raise one hand and wave as a signal for help.

Stronger swimmers can swim at a 45 degree angle across the rip and towards the shore. Once out of the rip, swim back to the shore, or raise one hand and wave as a signal for help.

Water Safety Signs

At any time and depending upon the weather and surf conditions, Surf Lifesavers will erect water safety signs on the beach to ensure the safety of the public. Signs convey important information to the public about beach and safety conditions, and should be abided by.

Vehicle Access

Please remember that no vehicles, except for emergency services, are permitted on Cable Beach south of the access driveway.

Surf Life Saving's Ten Surf Safety Hints

  1. Always swim or surf at places patrolled by Surf Lifesavers or Lifeguards.
  2. Swim between the red and yellow flags. They mark the safest area to swim.
  3. Always swim under supervision or with a friend.
  4. Read and obey the signs.
  5. Don’t swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  6. If you are unsure of surf conditions ask a Surf Lifesaver or a Lifeguard.
  7. Never run and dive into the water. Even if you have checked, conditions can change.
  8. If you get into trouble in the water, don’t panic. Raise your arm for help, float, and wait for assistance.
  9. Float with a current or undertow. Stay calm. Don’t try to swim against it. Signal for help and wait for assistance.
  10. Always remember to protect yourself from the sun:

SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and WRAP. Slip on a t-shirt, slop on 30+ sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat and wrap on a pair of sunglasses.

What about Sun Protection?

Protecting your skin and eyes from the sun is simple…be sun-smart all year round!

  • Stay out of the sun between 10.00am and 3.00pm.
  • Wear protective clothing (long sleeved, collared shirt).
  • Wear a broad brimmed hat or a Legionnaire style cap.
  • Use SPF 30+, broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen on skin which is not easily covered by clothing and reapply thickly every two hours.
  • Wear close fitting sunglasses that conform with Australian Standard AS 1067.
  • The Cancer Foundation of WA also recommends:
  • Checking your skin regularly for any new or changing spots and sores that do not heal.
  • Seeking treatment early if you find a suspicious spot.

ULTRA VIOLET RADIATION = SUNBURN = SKIN DAMAGE = SKIN CANCER.

Safe Swimming and Tropical Waters

During the Wet season, between November and June, marine stingers may be present in Broome’s waters. By taking a few simple precautions you can minimise risks associated with these two types of potentially dangerous jellyfish (marine stingers):

Chironex Box Jellyfish

The large but almost transparent “Box Jellyfish” is up to 30cm across and has up to 15 ribbon-like tentacles from each of the four corners.

This jellyfish delivers a severe and potentially life threatening sting. The sting causes severe burning skin pain, often with tentacles remaining in the stung area. Severe stings may cause the victim’s breathing to cease, or heart to stop.

Stings from Chironex Box Jellyfish have been recorded predominately in coastal areas.

Irukandji

A tiny transparent jellyfish 1-2cm across with 4 thin tentacles (some newly described species may be larger), this jellyfish is almost totally invisible in the water.

A sting from this jellyfish causes an initial minor stinging sensation followed 20-40 minutes later by severe generalized muscular pain, headache, vomiting, and sweating. The sting from some species causes very high blood pressure that may be life threatening.

The Irukandji, although less common, DO occur on tropical islands and the reef, as well as beaches.

Tips for Safer Swimming in Tropical Waters

  1. Lifeguards patrol Cable Beach (from Easter to October school holidays) for your protection and safety. Please swim between the red and yellow flags.
  2. Look for and observe warning signals.
  3. Wear protective clothing (wet suit or lycra “stinger suit”) to reduce potential stings.
  4. Don’t swim when the beaches are closed (or from October to July without a “stinger “ suit).

First Aid Priorities for Tropical Marine Stings

  1. Call for help - dial 000 (Mob:112) for an ambulance.
  2. Emergency care - CPR if needed.
  3. Treat the sting - pour vinegar onto sting.
  4. Seek medical help - transport to hospital.

WARNINGS

There is a risk of the presence of stingers on the beaches all year! The high risk period is from November to June. If stung, douse the affected area liberally with vinegar.

If in distress - SEEK URGENT MEDICAL ASSISTANCE Tel: 000 (Mob: 112).

Symptoms for Irukandji stings may take 20-40 minutes to develop. If in doubt follow the first aid priorities and seek medical advice.