Surf Life Saving NSW and Surfing NSW are excited to educate and improve the safety of beachgoers and ocean users by jointly hosting the award-winning Surfers Rescue 24/7 course.
As part of the very successful program, SLSNSW, as a registered training organisation, will help roll out the CPR component and certification for the program.
This partnership aims to support surfers and gives lifeguards the opportunity to upskill and opens doors for future employment opportunities for them to present the course and work at events.
Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden believes the partnership will only further enhance the Surfers Rescue 24/7 course.
“Surfers Rescue 24/7 is such an important education program for Surfing NSW; by bringing in and collaborating with Surf Life Saving NSW we can build the program’s reach and delivery across all beaches in NSW. With Surfing NSW and Surf Life Saving NSW working together it brings over 150 years of surf education to the Surfers Rescue 24/7 program. This past summer season we have seen an increase in drowning deaths, and I think this reinforces the need for us to strengthen ties between our organisations.”
Former professional surfers, surf school owners, coaches and lifeguards have been invited to present the course in NSW with the support of SLSNSW.
Ruben Roxburgh is a highly experienced professional lifeguard who is involved with the program.
“We are excited at the opportunities that this partnership offers and how it will benefit surfers on many levels,” said Roxburgh. “We will be actively looking to find surfers who we can train and mentor to become professional lifeguards in our contracted council areas. Having both Surfing NSW and Surf Life Saving NSW partnering is a positive step toward providing all beachgoers with the opportunity to be safe, learn new skills and help spread the statewide message of beach and surf safety.”
Three-time World Surfing Champion Mick Fanning has also put his support behind the course.
“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 we’ve needed help ourselves. Cheers to the NSW Government for supporting this initiative so that we, as surfers, can become even more effective in helping keep our oceans safe.”
Other professional surfers who have put their support behind the program include Kelly Slater, Layne Beachley, Barton Lynch, Sunny Garcia, Harley Ingleby, and Laird Hamilton.
More information on the course is available on surfersrescue247.com