Bush boarders learn life saving skills


Three young students from regional NSW have completed their Surf Rescue Certificates, qualifying them to be Surf Life Savers.

The Knox Boarders, Rory Cheal, Oliver Harvison and Ben Adams, have been participating in the Knox Surf Life Saving program at Whale Beach since the start of the season.

“It has been a great experience learning how to save someone with a tube and a board,” said Rory Cheal, a Year 8 student from Lightning Ridge, 10 hours from the coast. “The theory side of the unit was also fun, we learnt how to do CPR, care for a live patient and communicate signals.”

“When a few mates and I decided to try a new sport, we chose surf life saving because it offers so many opportunities not only within Knox, but also outside of school,” said Year 8 boy Oliver Harvison, who is from Scone in the upper Hunter.

“We have learnt so many new things that I never even thought I would do like the correct way to commence CPR, undertaking rescues on boards and tubes, and we have also learnt how to spot rips, currents and dangerous surf.”

“As a boarder, it’s pretty cool to be able to tell your friends at home that you do surf life saving as a sport and that you spend a few Sundays down at the beach on patrol,” said Oliver.