New Jetskis Provide Greater Safety

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches (SLSSNB) today unveiled and launched three new jetski’s which will patrol the coast between North Head and Broken Bay. SLSSNB has operated jetskis along our coastline for over 6 years and has over 40 trained
drivers rostered on to patrol. The new jetskis will replace existing jetskis which will be retired due to their age.

SLSSNB President Gordon Lang commented, “Volunteer Surf Life Savers patrol our beaches from October to April each year to keep a watchful eye on those using the beach. Our responsibility is not just between the red and yellow flags, it is from headland to headland.”Last season, the SNB jetskis performed 63 rescues and were involved in 290 preventative actions that may have resulted in drowning without intervention. They were also involved in numerous search and rescue activities, supporting other emergency service agencies.

“The jetskis support the efforts of the volunteer lifesavers on the beach by providing roving patrols and responding to emergency situations. Because of their speed and agility, a jetski can get into areas that other craft cannot access. We now have the capacity to offer 4 tiers of services to the community – beach patrols; IRB’s operated by Clubs; Jetskis operated by SNB; and the Westpac Rescue helicopter.” stated Director of Rescue Services, Steve Faddy.

The new Seadoo GTi130 jetskis have been specially modified for Surf Life Saving activities and are the first of their kind to be put into operation throughout Australia. The three jetskis were funded by SNB with the support of donors, coming to a total of $41,000. One ski, which will be based at North Palm Beach and Palm Beach was donated by Jeff Conen, an honorary member of North Palm Beach SLS Club. This jetski will patrol from Broken Bay to Newport Reef.

The second ski was purchased with the support of Dee Why RSL Club and will carry the Club’s logo in recognition of this support. The ski will be based at Freshwater, patrolling from North Head to Long Reef Headland. “We are very pleased to be able to support the efforts of the volunteer lifesavers by providing funding for the jetski service. We know that one day this jetski will be used to save someone’s life and we can be very proud that we have contributed,” said Dee Why RSL Club CEO, Mr Grant Easterby.

The third jetski has been funded by Sydney Northern Beaches and will patrol from Bilgola Beach to Long Reef. “It is fitting that we launch these new jetskis today being the first day of summer,” said Mr Lang. “I know that they will play a vital role in Surf Lifesaving over many years and I
thank those who have invested in our future and those volunteers who have trained and committed to operating the services.”

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For more information contact:

Steve McInnes
Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches
9913 8066
steve@surflifesaving.net.au

Robert Peacock
Dee Why RSL Club
9454 4035
0412 120 542
robertp@dyrsl.com.au