Anthony Turner- Illawarra's New Director of Lifesaving

Surf Life Saving NSW would like to welcome the new Director of Lifesaving for the Illawarra Branch, Anthony Turner.

Anthony has been involved in Surf Life Saving for 25 years and has been a member of Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club for just as long.

During his time with Thirroul he has held many positions including First Aid Officer, Patrol Captain, IRB Captain, Club Captain and finally President of the club for the last four years.

The Australian silver medallist is also a passionate Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) racer and is responsible for introducing IRB racing to Thirroul SLSC. The club is now a powerhouse in the sport with one of the strongest competition teams in the country.

As Director of Lifesaving he plans to implement a number of significant changes in the region including providing assistance to clubs with low patrolling numbers, retaining younger members and continuing to work closely with Council’s lifeguard service.

“I think it’s very important to not only retain our junior members but to entice them to get involved in development pathways and exciting new opportunities in emergency response such as Duty Officer roles and support operations,” said Mr Turner.

In regards to further improving beach safety in the region Mr Turner has already met with Wollongong City Council and will be looking to help implement a number of initiatives over the peak summer season.

“We are in initial discussions to hopefully have increased roving patrols and extra resources on our busiest public holidays such as Australia Day to keep an eye on areas that currently are not patrolled such as McCauleys Beach and Sharky’s Beach.

“With summer upon us it’s important that we can get our message across to the public to enjoy the beach safely by listening to lifesavers, wearing a lifejacket when rock fishing and to always swim at a patrolled location in between the red and yellow flags.”

Surf Life Saving NSW Summer Surf Safety Messages:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Read and observe the safety signs
  • Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice
  • Learn how to identify a rip
  • If you need help, stay calm and attract attention
  • Always wear a lifejacket while boating or rock-fishing
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency call 000-Police
  • Visit for all coastal safety advice.

Thu 19 Dec 2013