New South Wales launch surf rescue program
Surfing NSW to educate public with crucial lifesaving skill sets
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 November, 2012 : - - Surfing NSW’s nationally accredited CPR and Board Rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7 will kick off for the first time at Maroubra this Saturday. In conjunction with former World Tour surfers who are currently working as lifeguards, Surfing NSW have developed numerous board rescue techniques and skill sets that may prove to be crucial in times of need.
Some of these techniques include the correct use of boards and floatation devices, the best methods for moving both conscious and unconscious patients and proper CPR procedures.
Surfing NSW Work Crew manager, Terry Day was one person who was forced to use these aforementioned methods on a recent trip to Coffs Harbour. While surfing on a relatively mellow afternoon at Diggers Beach, Terry successfully pulled a struggling tourist from a rip that was running along the shoreline.
Terry says: “I think most surfers have a survival instinct that kicks in when they see someone in trouble in the ocean. I think it’s important for surfers to stay aware of both fellow surfers and swimmers and keep a watchful eye on those around you.”
Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon says: “Recreational surfers from all walks of life have been instrumental in helping to keep our beaches safe. These aforementioned boardriders have conducted and assisted in thousands of rescues, the majority of which go unheralded. Be it a patrolled or unpatrolled beach across NSW; surfers are on hand 365 days a year – dawn until dusk.” Surfers who perform rescues can now report their stories with Surfing NSW at info @ surfingnsw.com.au
Eleven times ASP World Surfing Champion, Kelly Slater has also seen the value in Surfers Rescue 24/7. Kelly says: “Congratulations to Surfing NSW on the implementation of the Surfers Rescue 24/7 Course and many thanks to the NSW Government in supporting this initiative. Recognising the enormous contribution that recreational surfers make to water safety on a daily basis in NSW is a great message to send to our group and it’s importance in protecting the larger community. I’m really glad to hear this.”
Surfer’s Rescue 24/7 will conduct its first free public course this Saturday from 10am at Maroubra Pavillion. All are welcome.
Source: Surfing NSW
Author: Ethan Smith
Tags: New South Wales, Water Rescue, Lifesaving
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