SurfCom Week Profile: Tracey Hare-Boyd

Tracey Hare-Boyd is one of the most inspirational and successful female surf lifesavers on the Northern Beaches and a dedicated SurfCom operator.

Name: Tracey Hare-Boyd

Age: Toooooooo old!

Club: North Steyne SLSC

Occupation: Business Owner

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why? I joined with my son in 2006. Trae was joining Nippers in the U6’s and I did my Bronze and started patrolling from then.

Why are you a volunteer SurfCom operator? I mainly volunteer as an operator to be in a support role and to assist patrolling members. It’s important for patrols to know that the operator on the other end of the radio has possibly gone through the same incident that they are assisting with and know that support is available on the other end even if it’s a question about a storm that might be heading their way. SurfCom is a Support Operation that is sometimes undervalued because the operators are a voice and never a person.

How many hours in total (not just this season) have you volunteered for SurfCom? 66 hours for the 2013 / 2014 season but in total, would be nearly over 500 not including patrolling.

What do you enjoy most about being an operator? Being able to assist patrolling members who are doing what I enjoy to do and also being able to speak to other members in other Branches throughout NSW. It’s also enjoyable working shifts with members from other Clubs.

In what other ways are you involved in Surf Lifesaving? Director of Youth and Membership Development for SLS Sydney Northern Beaches, President North Steyne SLSC, Patrol Captain, ESO, Duty Officer, Official, Trainer and Assessor.

Who is someone you admire in the Surf Life Saving movement and why? I admire a lot of the Life Members within the movement. They have a lot of knowledge to share and some great stories.

Anything else you’d like to add or advice you have for people thinking about becoming an operator? Being a SurfCom operator has helped me be a better patrolling member, a better Patrol Captain and a better Training Officer. Although behind the scenes, it is a first-hand support role where people are relying on you to assist and sometimes take control from the passenger seat. It's very rewarding.

Thu 27 Nov 2014