SURFERS TO GAIN VITAL RESCUE SKILLS AT MANLY.

Surfing NSW will bring its award-winning board rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7, to Manly this Saturday, 29th June 2019 with an estimated 50 people partaking in the course.

The Surfers Rescue 24/7 course provides 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 will take place at North Steyne Surf Club from 8.30am and run for approximately one and a half hours.

The course will be conducted and overseen by newly inducted Surfing NSW Life Member and Manly Surf School owner Matt Grainger.

A full run sheet of the day’s proceedings can be downloaded here.

Member for Manly James Griffin expressed his joy at seeing a course that’s aimed at saving lives taking place in his backyard.

“It is great to see the Surfers Rescue 24/7 program funded and being held here at North Steyne,” Mr Griffin said. “Our surfers are joint custodians of our ocean, and providing this crucial training will save lives, both here and across beaches in NSW.”

“It’s estimated that 63 percent of surfers who’ve been involved in a rescue feel that they have saved a life,” said Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden. “It’s for this reason we’re inviting down the Northern Beaches community to partake in this course and provide them with some skills that could assist someone in trouble, especially as we begin to edge closer to the warmer seasons in the coming months.”

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.