The Surfers Rescue 24/7 course 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.
The course will take place at North Cronulla from 8.30am and run for approximately one and a half hours, with participants meeting just before.
“It’s estimated that 63 percent of surfers who’ve been involved in a rescue feel that they have saved a life,” said Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden. “It’s for this reason we’re inviting down the Sutherland Shire community to partake in this course and provide them with some skills that could assist someone in trouble, especially as we begin to edge closer to the warmer seasons in the coming months.”
Member for Cronulla and Attorney General, the Hon. Mark Speakman is thrilled to see the program being delivered on his doorstep ahead of summer.
“I’m delighted that with NSW government help, Surfing NSW is bringing its award-winning board rescue course to Cronulla. The free CPR and board rescue course will make our beaches and oceans safer.”
World champion surfer Mick Fanning has also thrown his weight behind Surfing NSW’s program: “I’m really proud of Surfing NSW and the work they have done to make the Surfers Rescue 24/7 course available.”
“Most of us that have spent our lives in the sea have been involved in helping someone in distress at some point or maybe needed help ourselves. It only takes a few hours and it could help you save a life, it might even be your own,” Mr Fanning said.
Surfers Rescue 24/7 is proudly supported by the NSW Government, Surf Life Saving NSW, Coastalwatch and ASB Magazine.