How to become a local: join the surf lifesaving club
BRIAN Goulding has more than 25 years in surf life saving behind him and nearly 10 years in front of him.
Brian, 48, has become one of the mainstays of the Marcoola Beach Surf Life Saving Club since he joined in 1990.
He and his wife are also rearing the next generation of surf life savers; they have four children who are in nippers and juniors.
But even when he is no longer chauffeuring kids to life saving training, competition or patrols, Brian expects he will still be involved with surf life saving.
"It's the friends you make. It's hard to walk away from. Guys that I've known for 20 years, who you share a lot of great stories with. It would be hard for me to walk away," he said.
It was a friend who introduced Brian to life saving.
"I had a friend who I went to school with who had done his bronze when he was 15 or so," he said.
"He said he was going to go back and do his bronze again.
"I was moving up to the Coast for work and was going to live with this fellow and we did our bronze together at the time."
For Brian, it was a way of not just moving to the Coast, but being part of it.
"I thought this was a great way to contribute to the community, and I'll be a local," he said.
Although Brian's friend later drifted out of surf life saving, Brian became more involved.
"Very early on, I got on the committee at Marcoola surf club and I became involved in the administrative side of the club more."
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Brian is treasurer these days, an important job in a small club which has to get the most out every penny.
He has earned life membership of the club and is also a member of the Sunshine Coast branch.
"When you join, you never think of getting life membership but it's nice to receive it and it's nice to have people appreciate the work that you do," he said.
Brian's lifesaving commitments mean fortnightly patrol duties, a monthly shift as duty officer for the branch, and a couple of hours work a week on the Marcoola club committee.
And then there is the time involved in ensuring all of the kids get to their life saving commitments.
The commitment does not faze him.
"It's hard to juggle the commitment but if you think something's worth it, you'll do it and do it as well as you can with the other commitments you have."
He said surf clubs on the Coast were full of "great people" and the surf club was a "great environment" to be in.
"There's a lot of camaraderie involved, and these things just encourage you to stick with it. You make good friends and you keep going."