As part of this summer’s Beach Safety Equipment Fund, every surf lifesaving club across the country was given $5000 to improve safety equipment.
It is part of the wider initiative to provide $8 million over five years to the nation’s 311 surf lifesaving clubs to help prevent drowning at beaches.
“Under this fund, about $25,000 over five years is being provided to every Surf Life Saving Australia club so they can purchase essential rescue equipment, first aid and medical supplies,” Sport Minister Sussan Ley said.
Mullaloo, Sorrento and Quinns Mindarie SLSCs will use the money to buy new rescue boards.
Sorrento president Rob Doherty said they would be used for patrols and training for bronze lifesaving members.
“We currently carry in excess of 10 of these boards, which we rotate out to keep our equipment to a standard that is required to meet the public needs,” he said.
“With a lifesaving budget of $40,000 for the 15-16 season, the opportunity to receive money from grants is greatly appreciated.”
Yanchep SLSC will put the grant towards oxygen resuscitation equipment.
President John Heesters said it would be used in a number of instances including if someone had been rescued and not showing signs of life, had a heart attack or anaphylactic reaction or problems breathing after ingesting sea water.
He said the equipment was very expensive and the grant would help the club buy two reconditioned machines.