New initiative to save lives this summer

As lifesavers brace for one of the busiest summers on record, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has announced an exciting new safety service to help protect beachgoers over the peak holiday period.

This summer, SLSQ will have a new lifesaving weapon up its sleeve, following the launch of the Harbour Town Surf Crew program and vehicle, aimed at educating and entertaining the thousands of beachgoers expected to flock to Surfers Paradise in the coming months.

SLSQ chief operating officer George Hill ESM said the new initiative was intended to proactively save lives, while directly educating the rising number of tourists flocking to the popular beach, which was recently identified as one of the state’s top five coastal blackspots.

“There were no drownings on Gold Coast beaches last year, which was a wonderful result, but we have no plans to sit back and think the job is done; we want to be pursuing all opportunities available to protect beachgoers and spread the surf safety message, and this new program will do exactly that,” he said.

The Harbour Town Surf Crew program will see additional lifesavers stationed at Surfers Paradise in a dedicated and fully-equipped red and yellow surf vehicle. The surf lifesavers will run daily educational clinics, completely free of charge, to help inform beachgoers about how to keep themselves and others safe in the water.

“Most importantly, the Harbour Town Surf Crew car is completely kitted out with a defibrillator, rescue tube, board, fins, first aid kit, and radio, which means we have an additional resource up our sleeves that is ready and able to respond immediately in the event of an emergency,” Mr Hill said.

This service is all thanks to the generous support of Harbour Town, Zupps Mt Gravatt, and Holden.

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