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Australian Beach Life Wouldn’t Be Complete Without Surf Life Saving Australia

Surf Life Saving Australia’s uniforms, complete with red and yellow quartered patrol caps, are an iconic part of Australian beach life.

Surf Life Saving Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides voluntary lifeguard services across Australia’s beaches. They also organise competitive surf sports for all ages, including the famous weekend “Nippers” for kids aged 5-13. There are 311 surf life saving clubs in Australia, with 165,820 members patrolling over 400 beaches, the majority of which do so voluntarily.

It all started around 1907 in Australia,  and the movement has now expanded globally to other countries including New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Surf Life Savers in Australia are colloquially known as "Clubbies". To learn more about Surf Life Saving Australia check out their website.

Smiling Bear doesn’t like getting his fur wet!! So, next time you’re visiting the beach make sure you follow the lifeguard safety rules. Needless to say, all of us in Australia are very grateful for keeping us safe while we enjoy the beach, and when we are swimming in the sea (between the red and yellow flags only!!)

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Yours smilingly,

Guy Paterson

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