World-renowned big-wave surfer and Hawaiian waterman Laird Hamilton is the latest professional surfer to put his support behind Surfing NSW’s free CPR and board rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7.
Hamilton recently attended the Port Stephens Country Club Southern Cross SUP Festival at Shoal Bay and witnessed the merits of the water safety program Surfers Rescue 24/7 first hand.
Hamilton was impressed with the simplicity and ease of the course, commenting that surfers are the ideal people in keeping the ocean safe.
“What better way to make the ocean safer than having people who know what’s going on happening in the ocean, skilled up to save someone who may be in trouble,” said Hamilton when discussing the program. “There’s nothing like feeling helpless in the ocean, so if Surfers Rescue 24/7 helps so that people don’t have that feeling, then it’s definitely a good thing.”
Hamilton added: “I’ve saved a lot of people who’ve been in trouble in my time and I think all surfers feel a bit of a responsibility to look out for others in the ocean.”
Laird joins the ever-increasing list of surfers who endorse Surfers Rescue 24/7. Professional surfers Kelly Slater, Mark Richards, Layne Beachley, Barton Lynch, Sunny Garcia, Trent Munro and Glenn “Micro” Hall have all thrown their support behind the program.
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.
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.
Surfing NSW, CEO, Mark Windon has praised the NSW Government in supporting this water safety initiative and Surf Life Saving NSW for their support in delivery of the CPR component.
“We have recorded numerous rescues at unpatrolled locations by surfers who have completed the course,” said Windon. “Who knows what the outcome would have been had these surfers with this skill-set had not been on hand to render assistance.”
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.
To find out more check out surfersrescue247.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9349 7055.