WHEN residents receive their new phone directories in the coming days, they will see the face of one of Shellharbour's most inspirational people.
Shellharbour Surf Life Saving Club president Wayne Cavanagh will grace the cover of the 2014-15 Wollongong White Pages and Yellow Pages as part of this year's theme, 'Inspiring others to achieve'.
Mr Cavanagh was thrilled to be nominated for the phone book cover, saying it was great exposure for the club's work.
"I'm honoured and proud to represent the surf lifesaving movement," he said.
"I'm just proud of everyone who patrols year after year - it's outstanding to be part of that."
Mr Cavanagh has been part of the club since 1996 when his children joined nippers.
He progressed to a level two trainer and has never missed a patrol in 12 years.
The 56-year-old also supports the South Coast branch, helping with jet boat rescue patrols, community safety programs and free surf skill development days.
Mr Cavanagh said he tried to inspire his students with enthusiasm and positivity.
"I've seen a lot of young people who have gone on to become lifesavers or win state medals, Australian titles and world titles," he said.
"If they're strong in competition, they're strong in lifesaving."
The club currently boasts more than 800 members, including 400 nippers.
"It's like a carnival most Sundays," he said.
Mr Cavanagh said he was well-supported by the club's management committee and the junior committee.
"They both have very dedicated people and do a tremendous job," he said.
The Shellharbour Surf Life Saving Club will run the Shellharbour Mainteck Ocean Swim this Sunday, April 6. This includes a 400-metre swim at Shellharbour North Beach for children aged 8-12 years and a 1.2-kilometre swim from Shellharbour Boat Harbour to Shellharbour North Beach for those aged 13 and older.
Now in its ninth year, the swim attracts up to 200 competitors. To enter, visit shellharboursurfclub.com.