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Surfing NSW’s nationally accredited CPR and Board Rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7, debuted for the first time at Maroubra. Over 20 surfers from Maroubra’s Southend Boardriders made their way to the Surfing NSW offices to receive their accreditation for Surfers Rescue 24/7.

All surfers who participated in the course were educated on the best techniques to save a patient, including the correct use of boards and floatation devices and proper CPR procedures.

‘We couldn’t be happier with the debut of Surfers Rescue 24/7’, said Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon. ‘I think all surfers who participated in the course learnt some vital lessons and survival techniques in case they’re ever faced with a situation where they need to save another life. We can’t wait to roll it out over the coming months. ‘On board to help teach the course were former World Tour surfers, Darren O’Rafferty and Drew Courtney. Both surfers will be conducting the course over the next year up and down the NSW east coast.

Eleven-times ASP World Surfing Champion, Kelly Slater has seen the value in Surfers Rescue 24/7. ‘I am sending my congratulations to Surfing NSW on the implementation of the Surfers Rescue 24/7 course’, said Kelly. ‘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.’

Surfers who perform rescues can report their stories with Surfing NSW at: [email protected]

More courses will be released shortly; stay tuned to www.surfingnsw.com.au for information on forthcoming courses.

To find out more email [email protected] or call 02 9349 7055.


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