Surf Life Saving NSW Trains 250,000 in First Aid

Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) has reached a significant milestone by training its 250,000th person in first aid this month.

SLSNSW’s registered training arm, the Australian Lifesaving Academy (ALA), started in 2004 and has since grown exponentially, fast becoming one of the biggest first aid and CPR registered training organisations in NSW.

The ALA exists to develop practices in education, prevention, emergency care and rescue to ultimately meet our vision of 'zero preventable deaths and injuries on NSW beaches'.

However the ALA’s first aid training is being delivered far beyond the beach and surf clubs with over 60 qualified trainers delivering courses at schools, work places and sporting clubs across the state.

To date, the ALA has trained more than 104,000 in CPR, over 83,000 in first aid, 26,000 in Emergency Care, more than 26,000 in Accredited Asthma & Anaphylaxis and taught basic first aid and resuscitation to over 6000 junior school students.

Surf Life Saving NSW Commercial Operations Manager, Dan Gaffney, says that since the Academy’s inception in 2004, Surf Life Saving NSW has quickly established itself as one of the state’s leading first aid training organisations.

“This is a significant milestone for the ALA and one to be celebrated by all involved and could not have been achieved without the focus and drive of all our Academy team members.

"That being said, there is much more work to be done to ensure that all of the public know at least basic first aid and CPR skills. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, involved in sport or own a swimming pool everyone should learn these skills and update them regularly.

"You are the one most likely to need to perform first aid on friends and loved ones, so we urge everyone to enrol in a first aid course and prepare yourself in case that time comes,” said Mr Gaffney.

Offering a wide variety of training courses from Spinal Management to CPR; the ALA caters for anybody interested in learning vital lifesaving skills. To register for a course or to find out more information please visit the first aid courses section of our website.

Fri 13 Jun 2014