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Australian Surf Festival hosts rescue courses

Darren O'Rafferty instructs Surfers Rescue 24/7 © Nikon/Prada/SNSW

Australian Surf Festival

Surfers Rescue 24/7
Port Macquarie, NSW
10 - 23 August, 2013

O'Rafferty helps instruct Surfers Rescue 24/7 courses

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 August, 2013 : - - Surfing NSW’s Indigenous Surfing Program and Surfing NSW’s free CPR and board rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7 recently took place at the 2013 Australian Surf Festival at Port Macquarie.

Over 25 participants took part in the two Surfers Rescue 24/7 programs, which were presented by 2013 Open Men Australian Title winner and former World Championship Tour competitor Darren O’Rafferty.

The 2013 Australian Surf Festival was the first time the Surfers Rescue 24/7 program was available to surfers from other states and territories. The three-hour course provided all participants with crucial training that could be vital in an emergency situation and ultimately save a life.

“All surfers who I’ve seen do the Surfers Rescue 24/7 course have been so positive,” said O’Rafferty. “Over the course of a surfer's lifetime, most surfers will be a position where they have to make a rescue. The skills that Surfers Rescue 24/7 teach participants will ultimately make those situations easier for both the patient and rescuer.”

Surfing NSW is currently rolling out courses all over the state via your local boardrider club and surf school.

Surfers are in the water dawn until dusk, 365 days a year and are often first to assist in emergencies. With only five percent of NSW beaches patrolled, surfers can be utilised to assist outside the flags.

We're encouraging recreational surfers of all skill levels to go to and register for the course.

Surfing NSW’s Indigenous Surfing Program saw approximately 70 Indigenous youths from as far away as Inverell take part in the day-long course at Flynns Beach, in which participants were educated on reading surf conditions, paddling, wave negotiation and sun smart behaviour.

Under the guidance of Port Macquarie Surf School’s Wayne Hudson, all competitors were taken through a range of surf techniques as well as a learn-to-surf lesson.

“There were kids who came from as far away as Coonabarabran and Inverell and a lot of those kids had never seen the water,” said Hudson. “Over the course of the day we taught kids how to assess rips and dangerous surf conditions as well as learning the basics of surfing. All the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive.”

In 2013, Surfing NSW will be hosting the Indigenous Surfing Program (ISP) for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The Surfing NSW 'ISP' aims to attract large numbers of young indigenous communities to beaches throughout the state. The program promotes health, enjoyment and wellbeing through surfing and ocean safety awareness, bringing positive education to remote and local indigenous communities.

With participation increasing rapidly each year, Surfing NSW is excited about the continued growth and development of participants through the program. The Australian Surf Festival is a key regional event on the NSW Events Calendar, and is supported by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

The Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government, Destination NSW, Port Macquarie Tourism, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Be the Influence, Harley-Davidson Australia, Town Green Inn, Nikon, Suncorp, Australian Sports Commission, Coastalwatch, NBN, Port Macquarie News, 2MC, Star FM, Surfing World Magazine and Pacific Longboarder Magazine.

Source: Surfing SNSW

Author: Ethan Smith

Tags: Surfers Rescue 24/7, Australian Surf Festival, Darren O'Rafferty

Events: Surfersvillage


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