JUMPING from rocky outcrops, handling an inflatable rescue boat and riding jet skis were just some of the activities that a group of young lifesavers from the Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving club took part in at Point Peron recently.
The activities were part of an abalone patrol rescue exercise for the club’s Crusader cadets, young lifesavers aged 14 to 19.
The Crusaders were also taught how to climb back up rocky outcrops, retrieve patients to jet skis and spinal board recoveries to the Rockingham Volunteer Marine Rescue’s (VMR) boat Jamie Lee.
Cadet co-ordinator Gary Williams said the club has carried out abalone patrols around Point Peron and Penguin Island since 2012, with the most recent patrol held last Sunday.
So far this summer the patrols have rescued six people, four on the first day of the season last November when 54 people were rescued throughout the metropolitan area in just one hour, from 7 to 8am.
Mr Williams said the Crusaders were treated to a ride in Jamie Lee at the end of the training session, demonstrating the significant capability of the boat.
“Working with other agencies such as VMR is highly regarded by the club and an important part of our youth involvement program that exposes our members to another significant community service organisation,” he said.
He thanked Rockingham VMR for support on the day.
Mr Williams said the Crusaders program was focused on youth development with 111 teenagers taking part in it.
“They are our youth that are looking for challenges and adventure,” he said.
“The Crusaders provides the vehicle for our youth to challenge themselves, conquer fears and develop into confident young men and women.”
“It’s about belonging, seeing every challenge as an opportunity and setting goals.”
Mr Williams said the Crusaders contributed about 2600 hours of community service a year, supporting surf lifesaving.
“This equates to almost $90,000 in tax dollars and represents a great saving for the council and the Rockingham electorate,” he said.
“However, the contribution is much greater than this alone as the values and attitudes of the Crusaders speak volumes for the youth of WA.”