An Australian gay and lesbian lifesaving group is calling for new recruits to take part in the 30th anniversary of the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which draws tens of thousands to the city’s streets.

The group, Lifesavers with Pride, will have a float at the parade on 1 March following the success of its inaugural float at last year’s event. It has asked gay and lesbian lifesavers to register on its site to take part in the Mardi Gras.

The float, which is expected to feature scantily clan men and women, is officially endorsed by the governing body of Australian lifesavers, Surf Life Saving Australia.

It’s been announced that lifesavers from various states, including West Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, will be taking part.

The group says that as a result of the visibility brought about by their debut at the parade in 2007, there has been a significant “influx of people wanting to know how they can join the lifesaving movement.” To join, applicants must have a lifesaving Bronze Medallion.

“Every club has a huge social calendar and you’ll be invited to partake and contribute along the way,” says the group. Benefits include “immense camaraderie” and use of the clubs’ facilities such as paddle boards, skis and gyms.

Lifesavers with Pride has four clubs in Australia: North Bondi, Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte.

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