This is an extract of the New Safety Announcement by SLSA, to read it in full click here.
"SLSA Announcement: Greg Nance, CEO & Graham Ford, President
Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is a peak water safety organisation, safety is our core business.
Since 2010 there have been significant changes to the event management of our National titles to increase the safety of our competitors including:
• Introduction of compulsory high visibility lycra vests for all competitors,
• Venue selection criteria and
• Onsite risk managers to assess the suitability of competition conditions who have the authority to suspend any event on the spot.
As we have stated publicly before:
Safety is paramount for SLSA. It always has been and always will be.
On behalf of the Surf Life Saving Australia Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce the following additional safety initiatives which will be implemented:
•All surf boat rowers and sweeps must wear helmets - effective 1 January 2014.
•All surf lifesavers operating inflatable rescue boats both on patrol and in competition must wear lifejackets - effective 1 October 2014.
•All competitors at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships must hold the SLSA Bronze Medallion with Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue) - effective 2015.
Members qualify to attain the bronze medallion from the age of 15 years. SLSA will be developing an U15 National Championship which will have age specific safety conditions."