This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio we chat to Ramzi Hussaini from Bonbeach LSC in Victoria about learning to swim and becoming a surf lifesaver, we head to North Queensland to chat to local lifesaver Mitchell Knight from Port Douglas and then finish up in Sydney for the launch of the inaugural SLSA Women’s Mentoring Program.
First up Ramzi Hussaini chats about how he fled to Australia as a refugee that couldn’t swim and became a volunteer surf lifesaver, lifeguard and now works as a multicultural officer for Lifesaving Victoria, ensuring others are safe at the beach and in the water.
“I’m a refugee, an asylum seeker and came by boat,” Hussaini said of the unique way he came to Australia.
“How I came to Australia motivated me to learn about water safety.
“You wouldn’t imagine someone from Afghanistan to be a lifesaver but that was the main thing when I was traveling on a boat not knowing how to swim…it was a risky journey to take without any water safety knowledge.”
Next, we head to Port Douglas SLSC to chat to teenage Lifeguard Mitchell Knight about the patrol season in Northern Queensland and his journey through the surf lifesaving movement.
“From April to November, which is our patrolling season, the weather just seems to put it on for us,” Knight said of the tropical weather in Far North Queensland.
“We get the beautiful blue skies, the ocean swell picks up a little bit… just really nice beautiful weather.
“The low temperatures would probably be around 22̊C, so perfect all year round.”
And finally, we take a look at the inaugural Surf Life Saving Australia Women’s Mentoring Program that was launched by SLA Life Member Suzanne Storrie on July 1, in conjunction with the 40 years of women in surf lifesaving milestone.
“This will provide the opportunity for 20 women mentees to be matched with 20 women mentors and the mentoring program is really to support those 20 mentees with their lifesaving leadership aspirations but also their broader life aspirations,” Storrie said on the launch night of the Women’s Mentoring Program.
“I have certainly benefitted in my career both in surf lifesaving and more broadly for having great mentors and we wanted to create that opportunity for women in lifesaving.
“There’s no better day to do it than on the 40-year anniversary of women being able to do their bronze medallion in surf lifesaving.”
To find out more about each of these stories make sure to tune into episode six of Surf Studio this Wednesday night on the SLSA website and SLSA Facebook page. Surf Studio is a regular online show with each episode featuring stories from around Australia and covering a range of topics such as sport, lifesaving, leadership, education etc and Surf Life Saving Australia encourages everyone to be involved. If you, or anyone you know has a story that you would like to share via Surf Studio please email