Last week the flags lowered at beaches across the South Coast and signalled the end of the 2020/21 surf life saving season.
Surf Life Saving Far South Coast includes the Batemans Bay, Moruya, Broulee, Narooma and Bermagui clubs who saw member growth, facility renovations and historic appointments and wins throughout the season.
Moruya SLSC elected its first female president in the club's history, Jane Coppin, who said the club had experienced an influx in volunteers last year.
"The community felt quite isolated during the lockdown last year and wanted to get back into socializing through community groups, so we had lots of old members rejoining and new members getting involved which was great to see," Ms Coppin said.
"We had a very solid group this season and many achievements across the club, including both the male and female junior lifesaver for the South Coast being chosen from the Moruya club, something I can't remember happening before."
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Similarly, the Broulee SLSC had an influx of members and secretary Andrew Edmunds said the club was well placed for the summer season which turned out to be not as busy as expected due to the Northern Beaches COVID-19 outbreak just before Christmas.
"We have 700 members with 300 juniors and 150 patrollers which is really great and shows the positive growth of the club," Mr Edmunds said.
Although Broulee has a healthy number of patrollers, Ms Coppin said that role was one surf lifesaving typically struggled to fill, in both metro and coastal areas.
"Resources-wise, we are in a good place but we're always seeking active patrolling members," she said.
"The value of being a patrolling member is not just the community contribution, but also the health and fitness benefits and building those life skills that are so valuable such as understanding rescue and life saving."
With beaches no longer patrolled for winter, clubs wanted to remind the community any beach could turn dangerous in particular conditions.
"We didn't have any fatalities but I think it was just the luck of the draw and any unpatrolled beach can be dangerous," Mr Edmunds said.
Ms Coppin agreed and said anyone who went into the water needed to educate themselves on the conditions.
"Increase your surf awareness so you know what you're getting yourself into, have an understanding of rips, wave types and never swim on your own or at an empty beach," she said.