SLSQ officially has a new lifesaving weapon up its sleeve following with the Surf Crew program and vehicle, aimed at educating the thousands of beachgoers who flock to Gold Coast beaches every week.
The program sees additional lifesavers and Community Awareness staff visiting busy beach spots along the Gold Coast over summer in a dedicated red and yellow vehicle, with free educational clinics rolled out each day to teach beachgoers how to stay safe in the water.
SLSQ want to give people the skills, knowledge and awareness to make educated choices about their safety and, ultimately, reduce the risk of beachgoers putting themselves and possibly others at risk.
Whilst SLSQ’s community and public awareness programs are designed to educate all members of the community, Surf Crew is tailored to the demographic who may not be familiar with Queensland’s coastal conditions and are more at risk of drowning or sustaining an injury at the beach than others.
The vehicle is also used year-round to visit local schools and attend key community events.
The Surf Crew car has also been equipped with a defibrillator, rescue tube, first aid kit and radios to ensure that SLSQ has additional resources ready to respond immediately in the event of an emergency situation.