Coasting the Coast: Surf Crew Car launched
Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has launched a Surf Crew Car on the Sunshine Coast, aimed at educating the thousands of people who flock to the region’s beaches every week.
The new red and yellow vehicle is part of SLSQ’s Surf Crew Program, which is designed to educate members of the community who may not be familiar with Queensland’s coastal conditions.
SLSQ Acting Chief Executive Officer Kris Beavis said the launch of the new Surf Car followed the busiest summer on record for Sunshine Coast beaches.
“This new vehicle will enable additional lifesavers and Community Awareness staff to visit surf clubs and busy beach spots along the Sunshine Coast to provide free educational clinics and teach beachgoers how to stay safe in the water,” Mr Beavis said.
“The Surf Crew Car will be used year-round, visiting local schools and key community events in an effort to reach as many members of the public as possible.
“It has also been equipped with a defibrillator, rescue tube, first aid kit and radios to ensure SLSQ has additional resources ready to respond immediately in the event of an emergency situation.”
The latest edition to the SLSQ fleet has been made possible due to the Australian Government’s Beach Drowning Blackspot Reduction Program (BDBRP), which has provided funding for the delivery of the Surf Crew Car over three years.
Mr Beavis thanked the Australian Government for their investment in beach safety education.
“Our lifeguards and lifesavers do an outstanding job keeping beachgoers safe – but all too often, swimmers don’t swim between the flags or simply disregard their own limits by swimming out of their depth,” he said.
“Many of the swimmers rescued each year by our lifeguards and lifesavers, express shock about how quickly beach conditions changed. This is sign of a lack of understanding about surf conditions, and demonstrates how swimmers can underestimate their ability in the water.”
Mr Beavis said the Surf Crew Car would allow lifesavers and SLSQ staff to share their lifesaving knowledge with community members to help swimmers avoid dangerous situations. “We are aiming to equip beachgoers with the skills, knowledge and awareness to make informed decisions about their safety and ultimately, to reduce the risk of putting themselves and possibly others at risk.”