NAVY will celebrate its ongoing relationship with surf lifesavers from across Australia with the official launch the 2015/16 Team Navy Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) season on the Surfers Paradise 5-6 December 2015.
The first round of competition in the series marks the start of the eighth year of Navy's naming rights.
More than 300 surf rowers from 60 crews across Australia will be competing in men's, women's, masters' and junior sections.
Lieutenant Commander Don Hogarth, Manager Team Navy, said the partnership with ASRL was a mutually beneficial one.
He said Team Navy's relationship with the ASRL allowed surf lifesaving clubs to compete all across Australia and also boosted Navy's profile, helping gain community support.
"By nurturing the sport, Navy provides the Australian Surf Rowers League with the necessary resources to assist them in recruiting and training lifesavers, both male and female," LCDR Hogarth said.
The partnership forged with Navy over the last 7 years has provided amazing opportunity for the ASRL to help SLSA in developing the sport. It has also seen many young lifesavers head in the direction of a career in the Navy which is a wonderful outcome.
Bert Hunt, president of the ASRL, said the importance of the relationship could not be underestimated.
The ASRL has more than 3000 volunteer members from across 260 clubs competing in surf boat competitions throughout Australia. All these young people are also jointly members of surf clubs and are visible each weekend of summer patrolling members of the public all around Australia
"The more lifesavers are in the water, the more lives saved," Mr Hunt said.
"It's amazing when you think about the synergies between Navy and ASRL, while Navy protects the Australian coastline, the ASRL members help protect the shores of every state and territory around the country."