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First East Coast Intermediate Guard School a Great Success

Posted by SLSNR Admin on Friday, 9 November 2018

Over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of November, 20 lifeguards from 9 clubs across the region took part in the first of 3 Intermediate Guard Schools in the Northern Region. Throughout the School, candidates learned about topics such as the role of an Intermediate Lifeguard on patrol, completion of a Board Rescue Module, setting up helicopter landing zones, intro to Search and Rescue, organisational professionalism and image, and completion of the SLSNZ Rock Navigation Module.

Peta who travelled up from Kariaotahi said: “I really enjoyed the chance to learn a new skill like the board rescue and the east coast location made learning it a lot easier”.

Attendees were also treated to a visit by our friends at St. Johns Ambulance, showing the young guards around a front line Ambulance. The St. John Station Manager also highlighted how our two agencies work together during a critical incident.       

Paul Hardy, Training Supervisor, who organised the School noted:

“The teamwork and attitude towards learning shown by all attendees were of an incredibly high standard and all clubs should be proud of their candidates who attended. We were also grateful to have 2 Surf Life Saving New South Wales Trainers come for the weekend whose expertise in the water, and around incident management and board rescue was very valued.”

Surf Life Saving Northern Region would also like to say a special thanks to the many people who made this weekend possible, including our host Mangawhai Heads VLS, and the Instructors who came to facilitate the School.

There are two Intermediate Guard Schools yet to be run this season, IGS2 in December at Bethells Beach is aimed towards members who are 25 yrs +, to accommodate our valued members who join at a later stage in life, and IGS3 in March at Bethells Beach which has a minimum age of 15yrs. Please see the SLSNR website to find more information and sign up.

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