LIKE many other parents, Emma Rahui took her children along to nippers and ended up catching the surf lifesaving bug herself.
Emma's son, Locki, 10, started nippers at Coolum Surf Life Saving Club three years ago and his sisters, Amelia, 8, and Hazel, 6, followed the next year.
Emma did her surf rescue certificate last year and her bronze medallion this year. But she has not stopped there - she has become a committee member and is also an age manager.
Emma and her husband, Terii, who is now doing his surf rescue certificate, are happy to be immersed in lifesaving.
The former New Zealanders see the surf club as part of the beach lifestyle that they were chasing when they moved to the Sunshine Coast.
"We moved here to be by the beach and we love the lifestyle," Emma said.
"We're not ones to sit back. We like to throw ourselves into it. It's such a great lifestyle.
"My husband and I are community-minded and the surf club is at the heart of the community, like I imagined. I just love it."
"It's great because you get to meet like-minded people who like to get the most out of life and keep busy."
"I like to get to the carnivals and meet people - that social side of it - and the kids make friends as well."
After training in the mornings, Emma watches the kids - not just hers, but others, of all ages - grab their skateboards and walk to school together, the older ones taking the younger ones under their wings.
"I love the fact that our children have great role models," she said.
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Emma values both the competitive and the educational sides of surf lifesaving and has found the club accommodating of people no matter what their interest.
"I think Coolum is a great club. We strike a balance between having a group of kids who like to be competitive and the group of kids who just want to swim and the group of kids who like to help patrol and carry stuff," she said.
Although the community-focus side of surf lifesaving has won Emma, her eyes are wide open to the harsh realities of it, too, and the fact that she may one day be involved in a rescue and hold someone's life in her hands.
Knowing that she is part of a team at the club lessens any fear or nervousness about shouldering such responsibility.
"I did have a moment where I thought I may have to rescue someone but I'm okay about it. There's such an amazing group of people who are involved. They all share the common goal of wanting to help people and give back to the community."
Although both Emma and Terii work, she would not dream of giving lifesaving away and, like many other members, is happy to sign up for whatever needs doing.
"I keeping thinking, 'we're so busy - it'd be nice to have a weekend away'. But I love it."
"Being on the beach at 7 o'clock on a Sunday morning isn't that bad."
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