Future Life Savers of Broome nipper members Lachlan Moir and Samuel Lynch test their skill.
Future Life Savers of Broome nipper members Lachlan Moir and Samuel Lynch test their skill. Picture: Kellie McNeill

Broome's shoreline is set to be dotted with the red and yellow of surf lifesavers for many years to come, with a record number of youngsters joining the movement.

Future Life Savers of Broome nipper members have tripled in the past five years, climbing to a record-breaking 200 ahead of the club's first junior championship of the year on Sunday.

The high intake of nipper members, aged five to 13, is being retained through to cadets and adults, with the club boasting more than 400 members this season.

Junior activities officer Jodie Lynch said retention was vital for the future of the club, with Broome's beaches becoming busier every year.

"Broome's beaches have gotten very busy and we fully expect that Broome will need to consider the possibility of another surf club in the future," Lynch said.

"The large number of kids involved also brings qualified parents out and that family involvement is what is going to drive our club into its new stages, including upgraded facilities."

Nippers competed in four categories - the beach sprint, beach flags, surf race and board race - with five winners from under-nine to under-13 selected across each category on Sunday.

There are three junior championships to follow for the season, with all competitors receiving credit towards their nationally recognised age award along the way.

The Broome Surf Life Saving Club will again draw a crowd this weekend with the annual Cable Beach Swim this Sunday.

The swim is being run in a new format for its fourth year, and invites swimmers to partake in a 3km or 1500m swim, starting in front of the club.

Avid swimmers are being challenged to keep big Jack Castellarin - the champion for three years running - off the winner's podium.

Casual swimmers are also invited to take part in the event and are permitted to wear swim aids, such as fins and snorkels, if desired.

Participants are asked to register their interest from noon on Sunday, with a briefing taking place at 1.30pm ahead of the race's 2pm start.

Broome will host the Sunset Challenge the following weekend, from July 11 to 13, with clubs from all over Australia descending on the region for the event.

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