Surf aid

Free lessons could save lives

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Surf­ing WA’s Tom Dick­son and Surf Life Sav­ing WA’s Craig Bow­ley are part of the Surfers Res­cue 365 pro­gram start­ing next month.

A free first aid train­ing pro­gram for the re­gion’s surfers is set to roll out in Mar­garet River next month.

Sup­ported by Surf Life Sav­ing WA and the Shire of Au­gus­taMar­garet River, the Surfers Res­cue 365 pro­gram trains surfers in first aid, CPR and on-board res­cue tech­niques.

Surf­ing WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Lane said the beauty of the coast­line and world-class lo­cal surf­ing con­di­tions at­tracted peo­ple from all around the world.

“This course is de­signed around the fact that surfers are in the wa­ter 365 days a year all up and down the coast,” he said.

“Those surfers could save the life of an­other surfer or even a swim­mer.”

Mar­garet River Board­rid­ers president Paul Thomp­son said lo­cal surfers should take the op­por­tu­nity to gain first aid skills if they did not have them al­ready.

“I know when I was a kid I wasn’t al­lowed to go surf­ing by my­self un­less I had my bronze medal­lion,” he told the Times.

“It’s a good op­por­tu­nity to any­one who doesn’t have those skills to get them be­cause you don’t want to be out on the wa­ter and have an in­ci­dent and not know what to do.” Josh Pal­ma­teer Surf Acad­emy boss Josh Pal­ma­teer said it was an op­por­tu­nity lo­cal surfers could take to im­prove safety for all surfers on the wa­ter.

Visit surfer­sres­cue365.asn.au to get in­volved.

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