Surfing Victoria has today put the call out to Victorian surfers to help understand how surfers keep our beaches and coastline safe with a new research partnership with LaTrobe University.
The partnership with LaTrobe University’s Centre for Sport and Social Impact aims to study the impact that surfers have on the safety of Victoria’s coastline in helping reduce drownings through rescues and interventions.
As part of the Surfers Rescue 24/7 Program, the study will run for 12 months and will investigate how many rescues surfers perform across the year on Victoria’s coastline through a simple monthly reporting system.
“Surfers are often the first responders to rescues on the coastline all year round, however it is not documented how many rescues surfers actually perform” said Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson.
“We want to understand how often rescues by surfers happen throughout the state so we can ensure that the right people are being trained in CPR and Board Rescue skills.”
The study will require participants to report each month via a simple survey the amount of times they have advised someone to not surf or swim in a particular location (an intervention) and any rescues or First Aid performed whilst at the beach.
Interested Victorian surfers can now register to be part of the program with a double pass to URBNSURF Melbourne to be given away each month and as the major prize, a $1000 King Island Surf Safari Voucher.
Interested participants can register here: https://bit.ly/SurferRescues
The research is supported by Surfing Victoria, LaTrobe University, Emergency Management Victoria and the Victorian Government.
Victorians are being urged to take extra care around water this summer, with Life Saving Victoria (LSV) concerned a number of trends in the latest drowning figures could be exacerbated by a lack of preparedness for water activities over the warmer months.