Layne Beachley joins NSW Surfers Rescue 24/7 crew
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 September, 2013 : - - Layne Beachley has become the latest ASP World Champion to complete Surfing NSW’s free CPR and board rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7.
The seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion recently completed the award-winning course, which took place at the Hurley BL’s Blast Off presented by Beecraft at Whale Beach.
Layne is the latest World Champion to join an illustrious list of Surfers Rescue 24/7 participants, which currently includes fellow World Champions Sunny Garcia, Barton Lynch and Mark Richards.
“As we all know, we [surfers] surf from dusk until dawn, so we’re usually the first people to respond when people in trouble,” said Beachley. “It’s really important that all surfers – no matter what age you are – learn how to rescue someone who is in trouble and also to keep yourself out of trouble also. It’s a really important educational tool.”
The Surfers Rescue 24/7 initiative was sparked by a need to cover the gap between patrolled beaches and remote beaches in an effort to reduce deaths from drowning in NSW.
Surfers Rescue 24/7 recently won the Community Education Program of the Year at the NSW Water Safety Awards in conjunction with the AUSTSWIM NSW Awards of Excellence.
Four-time ASP World Surfing Champion Mark Richards is a huge supporter of the course.
“I found the whole Surfers Rescue 24/7 course to be very enlightening and it made me think about what I would do if I happened to stumble across a bad situation that’s happening in the water,” Richards said. “I think this is something everybody should be taught."
"A course like this should be part of a school’s curriculum. It’s just as important as learning to read or write. A surfer’s recreational enjoyment can often take place in some pretty dangerous environments, so it’s safe to say that over the course of their life, they will have to assist in a rescue or even perform CPR on someone."
"I think it’s essential for anyone who surfs to have these skill sets. I thought the course was great,” Richards continued.
All surfers who perform rescues can now log their rescues at the brand new Surfers Rescue web platform, surfersrescue247.com and go in the draw to win a variety of monthly prizes. All surfers who participated in the course will receive a certificate stating they're a now properly accredited.
Any surfer from the recreational grass-roots boardrider to a professional surfer of any discipline of surfing is welcome to participate in Surfers Rescue 24/7.
Source: Surfing New South Whales
Author: Ethan Smith
Tags: Surfers Rescue 24/7, Layne Beachley, Surfing NSW