Help Our VolunteeAndy’s two older brothers used to take him to the club each weekend when he was young, and he has been a member since 1977. During that time he has been patrol captain and held various committee positions.
“I have enjoyed being involved in my local community as a volunteer in many fields,” said Andy. “But it still surprises me that the more I become involved in the club, the greater the sense of satisfaction.
“My passion has been educating people about the sea and the importance of having confidence in the sea. I enjoy developing and maintaining a strong sense of commitment to the organisation and educating the broader community about the dangers of the surf and open water.”
Since 1987, Andy has been a teacher at Portland’s Bayview College. He said that one of his primary focuses in his role as a secondary school teacher was to encourage young children and students to become physically active in a wide variety of sport and activities.
He has also been able to use the school as a forum to encourage students to become members of their local surf life saving club.
My focus is to encourage younger members to maintain their ongoing commitment to the club by trying to involve them in competition.