Marcoola SLS youth volunteers welcome the coast’s arriving visitors with the ‘red and yellow’ message at SCA
  • Thursday 22 December 2011

Sunshine Coast Airport is proud to be supporting the Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club (MSLSC) Youth Development Program this holiday season.

In a bid to raise awareness of surf safety, junior members of the MSLSC will be located at Sunshine Coast Airport from Monday 19 December, to provide important information to all inbound visitors to the region as they arrive.

Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager, Peter Pallot, said this is a welcome initiative as the importance of informing our arriving visitors of surf safety awareness is fully appreciated.

"Its essential that our visitors have easy access to, and a complete understanding of surf safety, and where they can easily access patrolled beaches while here on holiday," Peter said.

"What better way to start than by offering this information to our visitors the moment they step off their flight? They will be provided with an extremely comprehensive Beach Safe Information map, which highlights all of the patrolled beaches between Rainbow Beach to the north and Golden Beach to the south.

"It also has emergency information, a ledger for all the flags and signage used on our beaches, and a translation of the ‘No flags = No swim’ message in a multitude of languages."

Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club President Gordon McCone believes that this initiative will contribute to saving lives both now and in the future.

"Our primary goal first and foremost is to raise surf safety awareness and understanding, and save lives, but by getting the youth from our club involved helps keep them involved as valued members, and to drive home the importance of what they do for our community and visitors," he said.

"By incorporating this initiative into our youth Development Program it ensures the juniors are involved in promoting the message, and incentivises them with rewards that they can enjoy as a team. Youth development is all about keeping them interested in the club and not distracted by lots of other things that start going on in their lives, particularly between the ages of 13-20.

Marcoola Surf Club holds youth development as a very high priority with a focus on team building and building club rapport. Some of the events during the year can include movie nights, Ski & Surf and Wet & Wild.

"However, for the juniors to partake in these events they must raise their own funds whereby the club may subsidise, but ultimately if they don't assist in the fundraising then there’s no reward," Mr McCone said.

The Beach Safe Information Map will also be free for the taking at the Tourism Information Centre located in arrivals at SCA. Look out for the bright young faces of Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club at Sunshine Coast Airport from December 19 throughout the holiday season until 2012.