Former World Tour surfer Blake Thornton takes the Hurley crew through Surfers Rescue 24/7.
Surfing NSW’s free CPR and board-rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7, has been going full throttle over the summer period. Surfers Rescue 24/7 is a free CPR and board-rescue course. Surfers are on the beach from dawn until 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 crucial in times of need.
Knowing the value of such an accreditation, Surfing NSW’s corporate partner, Hurley, has taken part in the course with a demonstration at Manly early last week.
Taking the Hurley crew through the course was former World Tour surfer and current lifeguard Blake Thornton.
‘Thanks to Surfing NSW and the Surfers Rescue 24/7 program, we had a great morning and learned some very valuable techniques that could potentially save lives,’ said Hurley’s general manager Jason Haynes. ‘Hurley believe in this great program and I personally feel it is a great course that all surfers should do. Surfers have the potential of supporting their communities and it makes the water a safer place.
‘It’s great to see surf companies like Hurley get behind a program that will potentially save countless amounts of lives’, said Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon. ‘We hope to see a domino-like effect for other organisations who see the value in such a program.’
All surfers who participated in the course received a certificate stating they’re a now properly accredited.
Eleven-times ASP World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater has seen the value in Surfers Rescue 24/7. Kelly says: ‘Congratulations to Surfing NSW on the implementation of the Surfers Rescue 24/7 course and many thanks to the NSW government in supporting this initiative. 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 it’s importance in protecting the larger community. I’m really glad to hear this.’
More courses will be released shortly. Stay tuned to www.surfingnsw.com.au for more information. To find out more – or for surfers who perform rescues to report their stories with Surfing NSW – [email protected] or call 02 9349 7055.