Sure there's sun, surf and sand but surf life saving is anything but a breeze.
Some 1.35 million hours are volunteered each year to patrol Australian beaches.
If that doesn’t sound hectic enough, Surf Life Saving members performed more than 10 thousand rescues and nearly four million preventative actions last season.
That adds up to 30 rescues a day, more than 900 preventative actions every hour and a whole lot of Aussies and visitors with a lot to be grateful for.
Surf Life Saving Australia is the peak coastal water safety, emergency service and rescue authority and boasts 169,000 members across 311 affiliated Surf Life Saving clubs, making it the largest volunteer movement of its kind in the nation.
It’s only right then, that once a year the organisation gets to hand out gongs for distinguished and brave service.
Earlier this month, 34 awards were presented at the Surf Life Saving Australia night of nights, recognising extraordinary achievements across surf sports, education, training and assessing, life contributions and exceptional bravery in rescue.
Among the recipients, Scott Summers of Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club (QLD), who was named Surf Lifesaver of the Year for his dedication and focus on development at club and regional levels. He was joined by fellow Sunshine Coast resident Max Pettigrove of the Sunshine Coast Lifeguard Service, named DHL Lifeguard of the Year.
South Australian Caroline Kearney picked up the Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to member recruitment, coaching, junior development and succession planning at Grange Surf Life Saving Club, while the highly regarded Club of the Year award was presented to Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club in Victoria.
“All the nominees, and winners this evening have shown an extraordinary dedication and commitment to volunteering. That’s why we are able to exist and fulfil our purpose to save lives, create great Australians and build better communities.”