Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…read more
Surf Life Saving Queensland volunteer surf lifesavers save over 700 lives during latest patrol season
Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) 2019/20 patrol season ended on 4th May with volunteer surf lifesavers, from Forrest Beach to Rainbow Bay, having performed more than 700 rescues, 71,723 preventative actions to proactively safeguard swimmers; and 2,395 first aid treatments..
Since the September 2019 school holidays and start of May 2020, more than 320,000 hours had been dedicated by volunteers to protecting the lives of beachgoers.
SLSQ Chief Executive Dave Whimpey advised “we could not be prouder of our surf lifesaving volunteers. Their efforts over the past eight months have to be commended, especially in light of some difficult circumstances.
“Our members have continued to man their post throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and remained committed to our vision of zero preventable drowning deaths in Queensland public waters.
“The work of our lifesavers has been nothing short of remarkable, especially when you consider the number of lives saved this season.”
Over the past season, SLSQ delivered several initiatives across the state in a bid to offer even greater protection to beachgoers, including the Summer Surf Safety campaign.
Whimpey noted the successful campaign was rolled out over summer, following a spike in drownings last season. The campaign highlighted the fact that most drownings are preventable.
“The campaign aimed to reduce beach-related drowning deaths amongst males over 50 years old, while also increasing general beach safety and awareness.
“The shocking images of a man in difficulty in the water calling for help as lifesavers rushed to his aid formed the basis of the campaign.
“The overall aim of the confronting imagery was to remind beachgoers that by swimming between the flags, you not only protect yourself, but you also prevent a loved one’s potential grief.”
In addition to the Summer Surf Safety Campaign, SLSQ’s Community Awareness team assisted in implementing an International Student Water Skills Assessment across that state.
This assessment was introduced to prevent drowning deaths among international students by ensuring homestay students were able to demonstrate basic water safety competencies prior to undertaking any aquatic activities while in Australia.
Throughout the season Surf Crew Cars operated on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, delivering free educational clinics and educating more than 44,000 beachgoers on how to stay safe.
Whimpey urged beachgoers to take care during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to put their safety first.
Images courtesy of Surf Life Saving Queensland
12th May 2020 - Surfing Victoria engages with its community online
27th March 2020 - Surf Life Saving NSW ends volunteer beach patrol season early
11th February 2020 - Queensland Government announces new partnership to boost surfing
30th January 2020 - Surfing Australia set to launch new female participation program
4th December 2019 - Surf Life Saving Queensland receives funding boost for surf safety
10th October 2019 - New Surf Life Saving Club Patrol Tower opens at Seacliff
29th April 2019 - Surf Life Saving Australia shares beach safety challenges
4th September 2018 - Surf Life Saving announces return of The Aussies to Perth in 2022
14th December 2017 - Surf Life Saving Australia reveals 116 coastal drowning deaths in 2016/17
7th January 2016 - Surf Life Saving Australia asks beachgoers to play a role in safety
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…read more
BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…read more
Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…read more
Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…read more
Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/read more
Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…read more
Humanforce is a global provider of workforce management solutions for companies who need flexibility to manage complex workforces. Companies use Humanforce to manage everything from time and…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!