SurfCom Week Profile: Adrian Hill

We are kicking off SurfCom week with a look at NSW State Operations Centre SurfCom Advisor Adrian Hill.

Name: Adrian Hill

Age: 34

Club: Newport

Occupation: Business Development Manager – Rinnai Australia

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?

I joined South Narrabeen in 1995. I was in a swimming club with Tony (Torch) Haven, Tony Bonner and their families and they spoke about their time in surf lifesaving and how fun it was. I was looking for a change in my life as I had a bad time at high school being bullied and I always wanted to get my Bronze Medallion. When I joined I was hooked for life.

What does it mean to be the NSW State Operations Centre (SurfCom) Advisor?

To hold a position like the SurfCom Advisor means a lot to me as I get to look at surf outside of a branch level and work with some great people from all over the state. I love working with a great dynamic team of operators and watching them grow to make SurfCom what it is today.

What do you enjoy most about being involved in SurfCom?

The Subway lunches haha - working with a large range of people that do work closely together to provide that important connection with the beaches, support operations and emergency services. The other great thing to see is watching younger people like Steve Polley and Kieran Menzies grow into being great radio operators.

In what other ways are you involved in Surf Lifesaving?

I am the current Duty Officer for Sydney Northern Beaches and a Trainer for a few different awards.

Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why?

There are a number of people over time that I have looked at as mentors and good leaders. Just to name a few Peter Liddle, Brian Kinsey, Andrew Chubb, Tony Haven, Rick Wright and Steve Leahy. All of these people I have worked with and have learnt how to be a better lifesaver and administrator.

What are your goals within Surf Life Saving and for SurfCom?

I would love to see SurfCom grow to around 100 operators over the next 12-18 months, and with this have lifesavers understand the importance of SurfCom for their day to day activities.

Anything else you’d like to add or advice for people thinking about becoming an operator?

You don’t need to be a great swimmer or board paddler to be a radio operator and this is what makes SurfCom great; we have a great team of people from all ages and backgrounds and from a number of branches in NSW. If you want to go to the next level of being a lifesaver SurfCom will teach you new skills that you can’t get on your local beach.

Mon 24 Nov 2014