Surf Life Saving NSW And ClubsNSW Join Forces To Help Save Lives

Surf Life Saving NSW is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with ClubsNSW which will provide support for crucial competition and education programs across the state.

Over the next three years, ClubsNSW will assist Surf Life Saving NSW in supporting 77,000 volunteer lifesavers to display their skills at the country’s largest Surf Life Saving competition, the NSW Championships, along with the Country Championships and the vital Beach to Bush education program; Surf Life Saving NSW’s most significant educational initiative.

The partnership was formally announced at the recent launch for the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Ocean Beach-Umina which are set to be held over four weekends from February 22-March 16.

The NSW Championships is the perfect platform for up to 9000 of the state’s lifesavers to perform at the highest level across multiple disciplines as well as offering grassroots level support to our lifesavers of the future, our Nippers, to stay engaged and involved with the movement.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said what made this partnership special was the important role both organisations play in their local communities.

“When you have two organisations that have the same community focus and ideals, then naturally a partnership like this is the next step in building a long-lasting relationship,” he said.

“We’ve seen first-hand the great work that local Surf Life Saving clubs do for the community and want to be able to help in any way possible to make sure that great work continues.

“In 2013, Surf Lifesavers made an incredible 3996 rescues and put in a total of 679,611 total patrol hours - it’s hard not to be impressed when you see numbers like that.”

“Over the Australia Day weekend alone, Surf Life Saving clubs made a total 288 rescues over 5484 hours.

Surf Life Saving NSW President Tony Haven said that he believed this partnership was a good fit because both organisations have the same core-values when it comes to encouraging community well-being, social inclusion, education, and disaster relief.

“What makes this partnership work is that we both have strong ties to the community which will make promoting vital messages throughout the local community that bit easier in the long run,” he said.

“We are looking forward to working closely with ClubsNSW over the next three years and would like to thank them for their on-going support.”

Anthony Ball said that clubs right across NSW, over many years, have built close friendships with their local Surf Life Saving Clubs, so partnering with Surf Life Saving NSW made perfect sense.

“Over the last five years, clubs have given their local life saving clubs almost $5 million through the ClubGRANTS program in support of their programs,” he said.

“While most people would associate Surf Life Saving clubs with the beach, our clubs have been engaging them to facilitate other education programs such as First Aid courses that have even saved lives!

“An example of this was last year when Merimbula RSL, which works very closely with the Pambula Life Saving club, asked them to train staff in Senior First Aid.

“Two days later, a lady collapsed in the dining room and required resuscitation to save her life.

“It was the quick reaction from the club staff who attended the Senior First Aid course and the vital skills that were taught by the local surf life saving club that saved that lady’s life.

“This is one of many examples of why we wanted to partner with Surf Life Saving NSW and why we’re looking forward to watching this relationship grow and achieving some great things along the way.”

Photo: Anne Fitzgerald from ClubsNSW with SLSNSW President Tony Haven at the 2014 State Championsips Launch

Thu 13 Feb 2014