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50 women are now far more skilled on the water after a successful Australian Lifesaving Boat Emergency Rescue Training (ALBERT) program ran in the Hunter at the weekend.

Women from across the state and even interstate visited Fingal Beach in Port Stephens as 16 Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) and two jet skis hit the water for the unique and interactive training experience.

The ALBERT program aims to enhance the skills and experiences of lifesavers through collaborative and consistent training, utilising a mix of drill-based activities, dedicated coaching and scenario-based training.

The weekend provided an opportunity for upskilling in the IRB – building on rescues skills established over time and enhancing their knowledge.

“It’s about building confidence,” Bondi SBLSC and program facilitator, Nixy Krite said.

“The weekend was about collaborating, inspiring, motivating – it’s an opportunity to learn but also an opportunity to build those networks and to become a better lifesaver through working with those around you.

“After my first ALBERT I was hooked and involved myself in the program helping, recruiting and coaching. The women this weekend were so inspiring to watch, it makes me so excited about surf lifesaving.

“The feedback has been great and we can’t wait for the next one, it was absolutely the best weekend.”

Thursday 16 March 2023