Over 30 surfers participated in Surfing NSW’s free board rescue course Surfers Rescue 24/7 over the weekend, with all participants learning vital life-saving techniques.

The Surfers Rescue 24/7 course provided 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 was conducted and overseen by newly inducted Cronulla Surfing Academy owner Blake Johnston as well as several Surfing NSW staff members and was attended by surfers from all over Sydney as well as members of Cronulla Shark, Southside Malibu Club and Elouera Boardriders Club members and Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman.

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.

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Surfers Rescue 24/7 is proudly supported by the NSW Government, Surf Life Saving NSW, Coastalwatch and ASB Magazine.