Bondi Rescue boys pay school visit

PRIMARY school students Oliver and Jack Canning took a few minutes away from the classroom yesterday to meet the crew from Bondi Rescue.

With their dad in tow, it was only a short trip down the hill from St Augustine’s to Beachside Radiology in Park Avenue where the surf lifesaving TV stars were promoting Sunday’s 13th Ocean Swim series at Coffs Harbour Jetty.

Team leader Rod Kerr said the lads hadn’t done any special training for the event.

“We get plenty of time in the water at work, so there’s no real need to do anything extra,” he said.

“The boys are glad to be here in Coffs and they’re looking forward to enjoying the experience.”

A small contingent took part last year and, in fact, Jake Nolan has returned with the aim of improving on his second placing in the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort 2000m swim.

Greg Bishop has also come back to defend his crown in the over-30 male category.

Meanwhile, entries for Sunday’s Jetty Ocean Swims continue to flow in with hundreds already entered online at

Late entries will be taken today at Park Beach Plaza from 10am when the Bondi Rescue boys pay a visit.

Their next assignment is at 1pm at the Pet Porpoise Pool when they swim with the dolphins.

Later in the day, entries may be made at the Coffs Jetty Foreshores near the yacht club from 2.30pm.

Final entries will be taken tomorrow morning between 6.30 and 8.15.

The race day program features the 600m Southern Cross University short course event at 8.45am (males) and 9am (females), followed by the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort 2000m Ocean Swim for all comers at 10am.

After the charity swim at 11.30am, presentations and prize draws for the lucky winners will take place outside the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.

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