Woolgoolga SLSC masters boat crew in action at the NSW championships held at Kingscliff earlier this year.
Woolgoolga SLSC masters boat crew in action at the NSW championships held at Kingscliff earlier this year. Jerad Williams

Surf club recruits required

DEFENDING champion Woolgoolga will make an eight-team bid for the 2011-12 North Coast Surf Boat series.

Trevor Clark, spokesperson for the surf lifesaving club, said teams are already training but fresh members who can fit into crews as soon as they are proficient and confident are being sought.

“Patrols start next month and the North Coast series later in the year, but the club has a wide range of boat activities, carnivals and competitions right across the summer,” he said. “New people are always welcome and beginners can join in any Sunday at the surf club from 7.30am.

“They start off by learning the fundamentals of rowing and, while we help them work on technique, they also build up their fitness so they’ll be peaking when competition begins in earnest.”

Clark said recruits are never left to their own devices and there’s nothing to be afraid of.

“Most boaties will tell you how they love those big seas but they can be a bit daunting for somebody just starting out,” he said. “If the sea is too rough, we don’t go out and instead restrict the training to flat water until the new rower is confident and capable.

“Tuition is given in the club house and on the beach and getting into a boat depends on how advanced the individual rower is.

“Our members guide them every step of the way and getting into a boat crew must be pretty good because we old-timers keep coming back.”

Training is a mix of practical rowing instruction, time in the gym and work on surf etiquette and safety.

Prospective rowers will be brought up to date by calling Trevor Clark on 0413 650 054 or turning up at the clubhouse on Sunday between 7.30am and 9am.



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