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SURF LIFE SAVING BY TALIA DEMICHELE
Transcript of SURF LIFE SAVING BY TALIA DEMICHELE
In the 1830's, swimming in daylight was banned until 1902. Surf life saving started on the beaches on Sydney when 2 people volunteered to become the first life savers. Once it started in Sydney it spread to Western Australia then to other states in Australia. In February 1907 the first beach club was found and several others followed soon after. In1980, the surf life saving association finally admitted women as full members. Since then , the number of active life savers has almost doubled.
HOW TO BE A LIFE SAVER
People over the age of 15 can qualify as a life saver. First, you have to pass a series of tests including a first aid exam and a simulated rescue. You also need to complete a 200 metre run, a 200 metre swim and another 200 metre run in less than 8 minutes. Surf life savers had to qualify for the Royal life saving society proficiency certificate or bronze medallion until the surf bathing association introduced the surf bronze medallion.
Surf life saving has built over the years and more than12,000 people are saved a year and 64,000 people with first aid. The effectiveness of life saving clubs in reducing the high numbers of drowning In Sydney beaches meant that life guards enjoyed a heros status from their first days in Australia. The beach, a symbol to Australia, wasn't just protected by life guards, sometimes others from the beach will let the guards have a break and they will bring them back on the sand.
HOW DID SURF LIFE SAVING START?
Surf life saving caused lasting changes because safty was now on the beaches which was a first for surfers as their lives where now in great care. Tourists come to Australia for our amazing beaches but most tourists can't swim and so when they go back to their country they can give good feed back about our beautiful beaches and more people will come.