Surfers Rescue 24/7 transforms wave riders into lifesavers

May 28, 2014 | Surfing
Surfers Rescue 24/7: saving lives, saving future surfers

Surfing NSW, with the support of the New South Wales authorities, are giving all surfers in the region the opportunity to do a free Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Board Rescue Course.

Surfers are on the beach from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. A lot of them are responsible for hundreds of thousands of unsung rescues. In conjunction with pro surfers, who are currently working as lifeguards, Surfing NSW have identified board rescue techniques that may prove to be crucial in times of need.

Any competent surfer - from recreational grassroots boardrider to professional surfers of every disciple of surfing - all are welcome to participate in Surfers Rescue 24/7.

The Surfers Rescue 24/7 program consists of one and a half hours of nationally accredited CPR course, and one hour of board rescue techniques. Hopefully, you will never have to use it, but if found in a tough situation, it may just save a life.

"Recognising the enormous contribution that recreational surfers make to water safety on a daily basis in New South Wales is a great message to send to our group," underlines Kelly Slater, Surfers Rescue 24/7 ambassador.

"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," states Laird Hamilton.

"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 responsibility to look out for others in the ocean."

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