Lifesaving Exchange Thrives

The annual Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Exchange Program has wrapped up for another incredibly successful year with 8 city and 11 country participants taking the plunge.

Designed in 2009 the Lifesaving Exchange Program aims to provide an 'urban' patrolling experience for young Patrol Captains from country branches by rostering them on busy Sydney city patrols such as Bondi, Coogee and Maroubra over the Australia Day long weekend. Similarly members from Sydney, Sydney Northern Beaches and Central Coast Branches are provided with a regional lifesaving experience and visit Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head.

Surf Life Saving NSW, Lifesaving Manager, Andy Kent says the program is crucial in developing club relationships and allowing for skill and leadership development in young lifesavers.

“The Lifesaving Exchange Program sees an identified need to bridge the gap between country and city Surf Life Saving Clubs and exposes participants to the different Support Services that the Branches have to offer - such as the Offshore Rescue Boat, Ballina Jet Boat and the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter”.

It is a reward for our outstanding members who continue to work hard. It provides them with the chance to expand their knowledge and also inspire them to continue to be involved in the Surf Life Saving movement,” said Mr Kent.

The most recent exchange program saw city participants assist in the dramatic rescue of a young man who sustained serious head injuries after falling from a jetski on the Gold Coast.

Every year members who take part in the City to Country or Country to City exchange are eligible to be selected for the New Zealand Lifesaving Exchange Program.

For further information on the program and a full list of participants please visit the event page.

Thu 30 Jan 2014