Over the 2010/2011 summer, legendary Hawaiian lifeguard, Archia Kalepa, and Hawiian company, C4 Waterman, teamed up with SLSA to conduct trials of new inflatable surf rescue products.
The inflatable products range from rescue boards, RWC sleds and water surveillance platforms and are considered the latest innovation in surf rescue.
Trialled and endorsed by Hawaiian Lifeguards in Maui, the C4 Waterman team brought the product down under to see if it stood up to Australian lifesaving conditions. SLSA club members and lifeguards at Newport Beach and Maroubra Beach in NSW, and Secret Harbour in WA, put the product to the test.
Following a number of modifications to ensure the product is best suited to our Australian clubs and services (including improved handles and a more pronounced rocker), the C4 Waterman rescue board and RWC rescue sled was approved for use by the Lifesaving Gear and Equipment committee.
Check out a video of the trials below.
Please refer to SLSA Circular 05/2011-12