by Angela Norval
A regular fixture at the Moore Park Surf Lifesaving Club, director and patrol captain John Davis jokes that the club is almost like his second home.
Although a keen surfer since he was a teenager, John’s enthusiasm for the ocean and helping others remain safe while in the water was developed when he and wife Julie moved to Moore Park and wanted to promote water confidence in their children.
John said not just he, but his whole family have never looked back, continuing to love everything about surf lifesaving from the competition through to both volunteer and paid positions within the club.
“It is really something that we have done together as a family, sharing in each other’s triumphs and enjoying the ability to help others through patrolling the beach,” he said.
“There is something about the skills and training you develop as a surf lifesaver combined with the community spirit of a club like Moore Park Surf Lifesaving Club, we as a family have loved every aspect of it.”
The family were set to compete at the world titles in Italy this year, something that has unfortunately had to be delayed due to travel restrictions, but they are keeping up their train in anticipation for 2022.
Considering John’s son Matthew is a part of the Australian Surf Lifesaving team and still holds the world record in the pool rescue events, while the rest of the family have also excelled in Australia, state and local titles they will definitely represent Australia and their club well when the time comes.
Asked what it meant to be a finalist at the Brian Prince Awards, John said it was always nice to get a pat on the back but the award was not just for him but for all the volunteers and the club.
“These are regarded as prestigious awards in the community so it is an honour to win and it is so good to see the dedicated members of the community being recognised.
“There is something very extraordinary about helping keeping the beaches safe one weekend a month as a volunteer and it truly is a case of whatever you put in you definitely get back, it is remarkable.
“As surf lifesavers we are always wanting to remind beach goers to swim between the red and yellow flags because if we can’t see you, we can’t help you.
“This is never more apparent than at a beach like Moore Park where we are patrolling 14 kilometres of beach and want everyone to be able to enjoy themselves.”