Clubbie Profile December: Samantha Law

Our Clubbie Profile for the month of December is Samantha Law from Broulee Surfers and North Wollongong SLSCs. Samantha recently competed for the Far South Coast at the 2015 Interbranch Championships is one of the lucky few to be working for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Age: 19
Club: Broulee Surfers SLSC and North Wollongong SLSC
Volunteer Activities: Volunteering hours include the week recently spent as a presenter with the Beach to Bush program, beach patrol hours at both clubs, training and coaching nippers and cadets and officiating at carnivals.
Occupation: Student/Casual Rescue Crew Officer for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter in Moruya.

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?

I joined as a nipper when I was very young, my parents felt it was a good thing as we lived on the coast. I can’t thank them enough for that because I would definitely not be in the position I am today if it wasn’t for Surf Life Saving and the opportunities it has provided me.

Why do you volunteer as a lifesaver?

I volunteer to be able to give something back to the community and be part of such a great movement that provides a service that is essential on the coast of Australia. Knowing that every time you warn someone about the dangers of the beach or pull someone out of a rip you are helping the public and making our beaches and coastline a safer place.

This was your first year working as a presenter for our Beach to Bush program, tell us about your experience.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, however the program was a huge hit with all the kids that we visited. It was awesome seeing the kids’ enthusiasm with regard to staying safe in the water over summer and knowing that they will ultimately have a better understanding of what to do when they visit the beach and what to do if they do get into trouble.

Describe a typical shift as a crewperson on the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter (Life Saver 23).

Well it varies really, no day is ever the same, as you are on call and you never really know what type of job you might get. However when not out on a job a typical shift involves daily equipment checks, maintenance of gear, training, training and more training. As well as physical training, we regularly conduct static training using the aircraft.

Tell us about your club, and why you enjoy being a member?

Broulee is a club that is very much based in the community. It is very family orientated and has something for everyone. The club is run by a group of passionate active surf lifesavers who endeavour to make sure every aspect of the club is inclusive. This means that the club is like an extended family. The other club which I am part of is North Wollongong and it has the same sort of community vibe. I am currently rowing with an Under 23 girls surfboat crew. Being a member of both clubs has given me a surf lifesaving family wherever I go. It’s this inclusive community aspect of both clubs that I love.

What are your goals within Surf Life Saving?

In the future I aim to be a patrol captain and obtain my RWC licence. I would also love to start more youth programs for athletes in the southern branches who don’t have access to the top coaches and resources.

What has been your best memory as a clubbie?

The SLSNSW Interbranch Championships were recently held at Cape Hawke, and my best memory to date is seeing the improvement and team spirit of the Far South Coast team over the many years that I have been part of the team. The interclub friendships that form during the trip each year is what makes it such a great experience for our branch.

Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why?

In the Surf Life Saving movement there are many people who I admire, whether it’s their sporting achievements and drive to win like Georgia Miller, or my friend Julien Vincent who was recently awarded the NSW Young Lifesaver of the Year. It’s people like this who really give their all and should be admired for their contributions.

Favourite beach that isn’t yours?

The beaches on the Far South Coast are pristine. Apart from South Broulee I would have to say that Tathra would be a close second.

Would you like to add anything?

All I can really say is take every opportunity available both in Surf Life Saving and in life, because you never know where it will take you.

Photos: Samantha competing at the 2015 Interbranch Championships and presenting to school kids for the Beach to Bush program.

Wed 23 Dec 2015