11 X World Champion Kelly Slater

“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 its importance in protecting the larger community. I’m really glad to hear this.”

1988 World Champion Barton Lynch

“Surfing NSW’s Surfers Rescue 24/7 is an amazing initiative that recognises the part that surfers play in keeping our oceans, and all that play in them, safe. I believe this course should be mandatory for anyone who surfs because you never know when you will need help yourself or be called upon to help another. Doing this course is a great public service that you can easily do and insures you are ready if an emergency happens.”

4 X World Champion Mark Richards

“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. 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.”

World renowned big wave surfer and waterman Laird Hamilton

“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. 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. 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.”

2000 World Champion Sunny Garcia

“I think some of the techniques we learnt were pretty vital. Those techniques will help if someone gets into trouble around me and just knowing some of the little things could help save a life. It was definitely good for me, thankfully I’ve never had to really save anyone, but the things I learnt will hopefully help when it comes to getting someone to the shoreline, and maybe even save a life.”