ASB MAGAZINE We’re incredibly proud to announce that Australian Surf Business Magazine (ASBMAG) has joined forces with Surfing Victoria, Surfing NSW and Surfing WA to roll out the award winning Surfers Rescue program to industry groups around Australia. Branded as Surfers Rescue 24/7 in NSW and VIC, and as Surfers Rescue 365 in WA, the program teaches surfers CPR and board rescues course for recreational surfers in Victoria. It provides crucial training to assist in an emergency situation and could ultimately save a life.
Surfers are in the water dawn until dusk, 365 days a year and are often first to assist in emergencies. With select beaches around the country only patrolled during summer, surfers can be utilised to assist outside the flags. Our beaches are one of our biggest assets and we all need to do what we can to make them safe.
Keith Curtain, Founder / Publisher ASB MAGAZINE, is proud to be partnering on such an important program.
“Surfers Rescue 24/7 provides all layers of the surf industry an opportunity to get involved, hands on, too upskill and maybe save a life.”
“As an industry we’re responsible for more surfers switching onto the sport and the lifestyle. With that comes an equal responsibility to care, support and protect each other out there. ASBMAG are stoked to partner with Surfers Rescue 24/7 and encourage all brands, all surf shops everywhere to get involved.”
4x World Champion Mark Richards believes this program is essential for all surfers.
“I found the whole Surfers Rescue 24/7 course to be very enlightening and it made me think about what I would do if I happened to stumble across a bad situation that’s happening in the water. I think this is something everybody should be taught. A course like this should be part of a school’s curriculum. It’s just as important as learning to read or write.”
“A surfer’s recreational enjoyment can often take place in some pretty dangerous environments, so it’s safe to say that over the course of their life, they will have to assist in a rescue or even perform CPR on someone. I think it’s essential for anyone who surfs to have these skill sets. I thought the course was great.”
Industry brands already involved in the program include Dragon, Modom Surf, Need Essentials and Hurley.
“It is fantastic to have Keith and the team at ASB Mag supporting this program” said Surfing Victoria CEO, Adam Robertson.
“Having the support of the wider Surfing Industry is crucial in ensuring that this program reaches the right people across the coastline.”
Surfing NSW Executive Director Mark Windon OAM, is stoked to have the support of ASB Magazine.
“Surfing NSW is delighted to join forces with ASB Magazine to promote the Surfers Rescue 24/7 program”
“It’s a good way to shine a light on the program amongst the industry. This is a great opportunity to inform the industry on upcoming courses and news within the water safety realm.”
Tom Dickson, Surfing WA Sport Development Manager, believes this program is critical across Australian Beaches.
“Surfing WA is passionate about the Surfers Rescue 365 program and the overall safety of the surfing community.”
“The partnership of state surfing bodies and the ASB Magazine with the Surfers Rescue program will help further develop the initiative across the country and we are very excited to work as a group towards further ocean safety.”
Information on the Surfers Rescue Program in your state can be found at the following links:
The Victorian Surfers Rescue 24/7 Program is supported by Play it Safe by the Water – a Victorian Government Initiative, Coastalwatch.com, ASB Magazine and Surfing Victoria.