Jet ski operators, or as known in surf lifesaving terms – Rescue Water Craft (RWC) Operators, IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) volunteers and support operations team members converged on Bruny Island for the second part of a 2-weekend training exercise, in, on and around the water to test their capabilities in challenging surf and extremely cold weather conditions. The previous weekend took place 2 weeks ago at Lumpie’s, North of Clifton Beach.
10 members from the southern surf life saving clubs attended the training that provided the necessary practical experience for SLST members to enhance their current skills within their ERT roles and gain further knowledge within Rescue Services. The sessions provided members the opportunity to experience scenarios in a test environment relating to their roles as water craft operators, testing their responsibilities and obligations when carrying out duties within an 'emergency service'.
This training makes up part of our ongoing program of training and development for Surf Life Saving Tasmania’s Rescue Services Teams. Last weekend saw the launch of the Statewide Rescue Services Forum which focused on Flood Swift Water Rescue Operations to further enhance Surf Life Saving Tasmania’s inland, inshore and offshore rescue capabilities. Members who expressed an interest in becoming part of the Flood Swift Water Rescue Team were given the opportunity to participate in some practical ‘Broad Water Operations’ training. On Saturday at Forth River at Port Sorell and Sunday the Huon River, near Judbury.
“Our members continue to exceed expectations and the ongoing commitment shown by our volunteers demonstrates the organisations capabilities to operate beyond the traditional red and yellow flags. This is an extremely exciting time for Surf Life Saving Tasmania as our teams are not only continuing to professional develop those underpinning skills gained through what is typically known as surf rescue but showing our members ability to support other emergency services - 365 days of the year” said Tony van den Enden, CEO Surf Life Saving Tasmania.