Free lessons could save lives
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.