Spreading The Surf Safety Message To The Coast

Spreading The Surf Safety Message To The Coast

A former Surf Life Saver of the Year is spreading the word locally about surf safety and life saving as he fulfils an ambition to surf at every beach in NSW.

54 year old Andy Cross from the South Narrabeen was welcomed to Port Macquarie this morning by local Nationals MP, Leslie Williams.

“Andy is a true champion who is a fourth generation surf life saver and is committed to helping others.

“As part of his challenge to surf at least three waves at each of the state’s 129 beaches with surf clubs, Andy is sharing his knowledge about the 24/7 rescue program that Surf Life Saving NSW and Surfing NSW has developed with the support of the NSW Government in order to teach recreational surfers about rescue techniques and CPR,” Mrs Williams said.

Surfers Rescue 24/7 provides crucial training to assist in an ocean emergency situation and ultimately save a life. The course was sparked by a need to cover the gap between patrolled beaches and remote beaches in an effort to reduce deaths from drowning in NSW.

“Due to the increased demand for Surfing NSW’s free CPR and board rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7 is holding additional nationally accredited three-hour courses where the public can participate with one scheduled for Port Macquarie on Saturday 15th November,” Mrs Williams said.

“When I heard what Andy was doing I contacted him to offer any assistance available. His visit to Port Macquarie is very timely with surf patrols commencing on the weekend.

“Andy is also talking to people about the Advanced Surf Life Saving Gold Medallion and the Easy Pathways program.

“While he is here, Andy will surf at eight beaches on the Mid North Coast.

“Since starting the challenge in March this year, Andy has surfed at 82 beaches patrolled by volunteer lifesavers,” Mrs Williams said.

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