Australian surf coaches honored for their lifesaving efforts at Urqhart Beach
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 February, 2015 - Torquay, Australia - Surfing Victoria and the Play it Safe by the Water committee is proud to recognise the surf coaches who helped rescue 3 swimmers in trouble at Urqhart Bluff on January 7th, 2015.
The Great Ocean Road Surf Tour coaches arrived at the beach to find 2 swimmers in trouble along with another male who attempted to rescue them.
Adam Strickland, James Majer, Josh Eades and Matthew Boyle were all involved in the rescue and helped save the lives of those swimmers.
Surfing Victoria CEO, Max Wells is proud to have many Everyday Lifesavers within the Surfing Community.
“Surfers are well known for the role they play in water safety throughout the world.”
“These 4 surfers are fantastic examples of surfers prepared to put themselves out to help others.”
“We at Surfing Victoria congratulate them and applaud their quick thinking.”
James Majer was one of the coaches who arrived at the scene, and urges inexperienced swimmers to swim at patrolled beaches.
“As passionate surfers and surf coaches we understand the ocean and are enthusiastic about educating our customers and the general public. Its not uncommon for us to see inexperienced swimmers in unsafe conditions and on several occasions throughout peak season we have needed to lend a hand.
“It was a lucky coincidence that we rocked up at the beach when we did so we could help with the rescue. It all comes down to ocean awareness, for instance the people that we rescued were in clothes and a belt, clothing definitely not suitable for swimming.”
Life Saving Victoria GM, Paul Shannon, congratulated the efforts of the four men.
“Congratulations to Great Ocean Road Surf Tours Staff on being spontaneous water safety volunteers. Their skills are testament to the work Surfing Victoria put in to make sure that surf school teachers remain proficient in all aspects of water safety.”
“It is a timely reminder that all visitors to the beach should match their water skills to the location they attend. Being able to swim and understanding water safety, not only enables an enjoyable day at the beach, but gives you the skills to become an “everyday lifesaver” if called upon.”
Surfing Victoria has been part of the Play it Safe by the Water committee since its inception 15 years ago and plays a key role in water safety programs throughout the state.