NSW Surf Lifesavers Win Water Safety Awards

Surf Life Saving members from NSW have taken out three prestigious awards and one high commendation at the 2013 NSW Water Safety Awards held on Friday 30 August in Sydney.

Research Project of the Year

The Australian Coastsafe team scooped up Research Project of the Year for their ambitious project funded by NSW Water Safety Black Spot Fund ‘Project Blueprint’.

The project will see Coastal Public Safety Risk Assessment for every beach and rock platform in NSW and will be fundamental in addressing the coastal drowning issue in NSW both in the short, mid and long term.

Project Manager Adam Weir was honoured to receive the award.

“We are thankful for the support in recognising the valuable contribution of Surf Life Saving NSW and its members for their efforts in continuing to reduce the drowning toll,” said Weir.

Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety by an Individual

Surf Life Saving NSW’s own Lifesaver of the Year, Ryan Rosenbaum from Tacking Point SLSC, picked up the Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety by an Individual.

Ryan has been a member of Surf Life Saving NSW for 21 years since joining as a Nipper and patrolling for the past eleven seasons. Ryan has also patrolled on the Mid North Coast Rescue Water Craft since 2005.

Ryan has contributed to the aquatics industry in numerous ways and his contribution has ensured his local community can enjoy a safe beach environment. This also extends to community events where he has provided and coordinated first aid and water safety.

Through his role as Branch Duty Officer and involvement with the development of text messaging services for duty officers in conjunction with the Club call out teams, Ryan has contributed to the delivery of an increased call out capability. This has enabled the local resources to quickly respond to aquatic incidents in the area, another benefit to the community. This service will be rolled out across NSW as best practice for emergency callouts.

Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety by an Organisation

The Surf Life Saving Hunter Branch was awarded Most Significant Contribution to Water Safety by an Organisation. The Hunter Branch also picked up Branch of the Year at the 2013 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence.

Local Community Initiative of the Year

Highly commended was the Surf Life Saving volunteers who initiated the Club Access Program (CAP), which provides surf lifesaving members throughout NSW the opportunity to undertake development or provide assistance to another Club that would otherwise not have the support, enthusiasm or club members to achieve.

The first project established by the eight CAP members was to visit Taree-Old Bar (TOB) SLSC over the Easter Long Weekend and provide ample patrolling members to meet their patrol requirements over this busy holiday period. The CAP members are from clubs ranging from Fingal Rovers (most northern surf club in NSW) all the way down to Coogee in Sydney.

Congratulations to all winners and finalists at the 2013 NSW Water Safety Awards.

Thu 5 Sep 2013