A group of Sydney-based Qantas staff participated in Surfing NSW’s free CPR and board rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7 at Maroubra yesterday in a community day designed to reinvigorate the airlines boardriders club.
Thirty surfers from a variety of boardriding disciplines completed the award-winning course, which was instructed by former World Championship Tour surfer Blake Thornton.
“I think all the guys who participated in the Surfers Rescue Course learnt some skills that could allow them to assist someone who is in trouble,” said Qantas Boardriders Club co-president and Maroubra local Peter Cameron.
“In my lifetime, I would’ve saved between six and eight people who have been in trouble in the ocean; not just at the north and south end of Maroubra, but also on the far-north NSW coast as well. For me, Surfers Rescue 24/7 is very aptly named as more often than not, surfers who will be the first to help in situations where there are no lifeguards around. I think it’s a bit of an unwritten responsibility for surfers to look after others while they’re in the ocean and the Surfers Rescue 24/7 course teaches you how to do it safely and effectively.”
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.
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.”
All surfers who perform rescues can now log their rescues at the brand new Surfers Rescue web platform, surfersrescue247.com and go in the draw to win a variety of monthly prizes.
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.