Colombians Learn Surf Safety Skills

A group of underprivileged kids from Colombia have received the chance of a lifetime to travel down under, to learn vital surf life saving skills at Toowoon Bay on the Central Coast.

Lifesavers from Toowoon Bay SLSC took the Colombians under their wing for the day teaching them about the various hazards that the Australian coastline can offer giving them an opportunity to observe rips, dangerous currents, large seas and the effect of such conditions, on the coastline and rock platforms.

The kids who were selected from a program in their home country were also taught how to paddle a rescue board and to perform CPR in a variety of simulated rescue scenarios.

Despite the cold, wet and windy conditions over the weekend being vastly different to the tropical waters of the Caribbean, the group had an enjoyable experience that they won’t soon forget.

Advisor for the Colombian Office of Cultural Affairs, Juan Esteban Restrepo Castro, said the program has given the participants important skills and great memories.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs I truly want to thank everybody involved for making this day possible. This experience is on the top of our visit to Australia, and it would be remembered forever for all of us,” he said.

SLSNSW Member Services Manager, Kate Higginbotham, thanked the Toowoon Bay Surf Club and Surf Life Saving Central Coast in putting together this unique day.

“Australians are leading the way in lifesaving and surf education throughout the world and to be able to demonstrate this to visiting kids and pass on this knowledge is fantastic.

“I would like to say a big thankyou to Toowoon Bay SLSC and SLS Central Coast for making this opportunity possible,” said Miss Higginbotham.

Tue 15 Apr 2014