Surfers train for an ocean emergancy in an effort to reduce drownings
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 July, 2014 - Due to the increased demand for Surfing NSW’s free CPR and board rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7, the organisation has decided to release a schedule of dates where the public can participate in the nationally accredited three-hour course.
Surfers Rescue 24/7 provides crucial training to assist in an ocean emergency situation and ultimately save a life. The course 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 train for an ocean emergency situation © Ethan Smith
Training dates include:
August 23, 2014 – Maroubra
September 6, 2014 – Central Coast
September 20, 2014 – Cronulla
October 4, 2014 – Ballina
October 18, 2014 – Newcastle
November 1, 2014 – Northern Beaches
November 15, 2014 – Port Macquarie
November 29, 2014 – Kiama
December 13, 2014 – Wollongong
In 2013, Surfers Rescue 24/7 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.”
Other professional surfers who have put their support behind the program include: Kelly Slater, Layne Beachley, Barton Lynch, Sunny Garcia, Trent Munro, Harley Ingleby, Glenn “Micro” Hall and Laird Hamilton.
All surfers who participate in the course will receive a certificate stating they're a now properly accredited.
Any surfer from the recreational grassroots boardrider to a professional surfer of any discipline of surfing is welcome to participate in Surfers Rescue 24/7.