Southbourne Surf Life Saving Group Review: Patrolling as a Valuable Community Service


Life on the beach is like a child's box of marbles. It come as a result of the fascination to collect as many of those tiny pleasurable toys although they are all of one shape but of different sizes and colors. In like manner, we all want to “collect” as many visits to the beach as we can even though the water is essentially the same everywhere in the world though the sand or pebbles may differ in size and color.


It may not be that hard to explain the attraction we feel for the outdoors, especially the wide open sea. After all, our bodies, as well as the whole surface of our planet, are made up of over 70% water. Do we simply long to go back to the comfort of our Paradise prior to our birth – that is, our mother’s watery womb? Perhaps.


Not surprisingly, we can see why many people live much of their lives sailing on the sea or living by the shore and making a living out of the sea’s bounties. Because of this, a big percentage of the human population is attached to the sea and its vast blessings. And since the sea can be as unpredictable as the weather, the dangers that lurk there are even more diverse and foreboding.


While monitoring the seas and the weather can be done remotely using satellites or wireless instruments without endangering human lives, ocular and actual inspection requires patrolling the seas and the surrounding area using efficient motor-powered boats and modern sophisticated equipment.   


Accidents in the sea occur not only on the beach where many people congregate, especially during weekends, but also in other areas where some people may be sailing, exploring or conducting other activities to avoid fraud. As such, Southbourne Group Surf Life Saving Club volunteers patrol the beach at Southbourne during Easter Weekend, during regular weekends and on bank holidays from May to October. This essential task provides vital protection for tourists and visitors as well as for the whole community, especially those who ply their trade near or by the sea.


Southbourne Group trains people to become involved in lifesaving in order to maintain an effective and dependable club dedicated to serving the community. This allows club members to gain the proper training and be part of the social network to make them as useful club members as well as community residents. And for the young lifesavers, this provides a solid foundation not just for a great hobby or career but also the training and experience for other pursuits in other fields.