TAS teacher Jim Pennington (right) presents the special gift to Dennis Meagher, Leanne James, Bill Singleton and Steve Kelly.
TAS teacher Jim Pennington (right) presents the special gift to Dennis Meagher, Leanne James, Bill Singleton and Steve Kelly.

Sawtell SLSC and fine TAS traditions are strictly old school

A TRADITION that's nearing the half century anniversary is continuing at Sawtell Surf Lifesaving Club.

Since 1967, students from The Armidale School (TAS) have made an annual pilgrimage over the Great Dividing Range to the ocean shores of sunny Sawtell to undertake their bronze medallion surf lifesaving training.

This tradition started out under the watchful and extremely knowledgeable eye of Sawtell legend and former lifeguard, Roy Holloway.

"The training continues today, thanks to the skills and experience of the equally capable Dennis Meagher and his willing team of volunteer helpers," club president Leanne James said.

"It is a credit to Dennis and so many members of the club who give their time and energy to instruct on water safety, first aid and all the required topics."

The bronze training course for the TAS boys takes place across 10 days throughout the year.

It culminates with a five day stay in November comprising final training, assessment and proficiency testing.

"A large focus of their training is the importance of working as a team," Leanne added.

"Apart from the skills learned, the whole experience is a very rewarding one."

It's also traditional that each year in appreciation and recognition of the training they have received, the visiting students present the Sawtell SLSC with a gift.

On this occasion, TAS teacher Jim Pennington presented the club with a new life member shield.



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