SURF STUDIO: Episode Eleven
This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio, we chat to SLSA Chair of Lifesaving Chris Jacobson, Marley Fairclough of West Beach SLSC in South Australia and take a look at the recently launched National Coastal Safety Report for 2019/20.
First up, we talk to Chris Jacobson, SLSA Chair of Lifesaving about the busy summer ahead for our surf lifesavers and some of the new protocols, including COVID-19 protocols, that are in place to keep our volunteers and beachgoers safe this coming season.
“In terms of day-to-day operations on the beach, we’re not suggesting that anything would change in performing a tube rescue or a board rescue, we’ll be doing everything exactly the same. The only real changes that we’re going to see is in relation to something of a first aid scenario or situation and CPR,” said Jacobson.
“That’s where SLSA has worked with the national medical advisory group to come up with some very clear guidelines on what steps should be followed if we do come across someone that we suspect is a COVID patient o in a very high prevalence area of COVID-19.
“Now more than ever, we need to be very smart in the ways that we patrol, using the roving and outpost patrol methods, and at the same time continuing to ensure that we are social distancing where appropriate and able.”
We also head to West Beach SLSC in South Australia to chat with Marley Fairclough to learn about the importance of community education in remote communities and to hear about her amazing rescue that earned her “Rescue of the Year” in SA.
“In our community we’re so aware of how far away everything is, this was not the first situation and I know that it won’t be the last,” said Fairclough of her award winning rescue. “Things happen so quickly, and everybody knows that they need to be aware of how to deal with those situations because there might not be help for hours.
“I had been teaching these kids not just for the last week but every year as long as I had been, and every year they go to me ‘Miss, why do we have to do this manikin, why are we doing CPR, when are we ever going to use that and why are we doing a rescue?’.
“I do think about it sometimes, about how valuable it was for those kids to really see what can happen, and they did, it was this immediate response that they knew how lucky how lucky they were that it didn’t end tragically like it could’ve in a different scenario.”
And finally, we take a look at the recently launched National Coastal Safety Report 2019/2020 which shows the trends in drowning and coastal fatality data along our coastline for the last 12 months.
The Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Scott Morrison PM said that while it was good to see that drownings were down overall across inland waterways and the coast, that males are still overrepresented in the drowning data for another year.
“We’ve got a bit blokes problem here in Australia…us blokes, we account for 80% of all drowning deaths and young men in particular aged between 25 and 34 are the most at risk,” the Prime Minister said.
SLSA President Graham Ford AM echoed the Prime Minister’s sentiments.
“This is an important research document that shows that the efforts of our surf lifesavers on the beach, really makes a difference in saving lives, had our surf lifesavers not been on the beach and conducted some 10,000 rescues during the year, that number would’ve significantly more,” he said.
“In fact, we have just released a Deloitte report that has shown if we were not on the beach, on the front line protecting the public, there would’ve been 1,300 drowning deaths as well as 800 critical injuries.”
To find out more about each of these stories make sure to tune into episode eleven of Surf Studio this Wednesday night on the SLSA website and SLSA Facebook page.
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