John obtained his Bronze Medallion in 1973 and has held many positions in the Surf Life Saving movement over the years including:
- Branch Scrutineer;
- Involvement with the Beach to Bush Program;
- Section Referee Australia Titles for Scrutineering, also the World Titles ( ILS );
John’s community service awards also include:
- Medal of Valour (1979) by Lions International for a rescue at the Bellinger River Bar;
- Ministerial Community Service Award 1990 for a rescue at Diggers Beach.
John is also a Life Member of the Coffs Harbour SLSC, the SLS North Coast Branch and SLSNSW.