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Can Anyone Engage In Voluntary Surf Life Saving?

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Voluntary surf life saving first began in Australia in the early twentieth century. This type of service was rendered to people that were interested in engaging in water sports, but wanted to assure that if something adverse did occur on the water that they would be protected and watched after. Even though this service first began in Australia, a lot of countries have adapted this principal around water as well.

Generally, you will notice whenever you visit a beach or any open water area that there are always people known as lifeguards patrolling the waters. These individuals are generally perched on a high stool, so they can see if anything adverse is occurring in the water that they are designated to look after. Lifeguards are paid for their services. However, they will often times elect to hire additional people on a voluntary basis to assist them with their duties.

Anyone that is interested in engaging in this type of service is mandated to learn how to properly provide first aide to individuals that require it as well as provide additional rescue services to these same individuals as well. Of course, anyone that is interested in lending their assistance on a voluntary basis will also need to know how to swim in order to be deemed a helpful asset to the lifeguard in charge.

Anyone that wishes to become a lifeguard will be mandated to undergo strenuous training, so they can be prepared for the position that they are choosing to take. There are certain clubs that openly render this training to anyone that requires it.

The training will teach lifeguards how to properly address basic things that could arise during their patrol period. For instance, the training will teach these individuals how to react to wave patterns in the water, how to apply first aid to an individual as well as how to properly rescue someone that is drowning.

There is always a need for voluntary surf life saving individuals. The summer time is usually the prime time when these individuals are called upon, since most beaches and pools open around this specific period. Winter also provides excellent opportunities as the ocean conditions are much rougher. What you miss in crowds on the beach, you make up for with the ocean conditions.

When you have noticed people enjoying the waves and demonstrating their surf ski skills, you may have wanted to join them. You can learn how to surf ski if you are willing to spend some time learning the moves.

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Guest, Guest "Can Anyone Engage In Voluntary Surf Life Saving?." Can Anyone Engage In Voluntary Surf Life Saving?. 4 Jul. 2010. 5 Aug 2014 <>.

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