Surf Life Saving Australia is pleased the Coalition Government has today recognised a need for greater investment and resources in training for our volunteers.
This financial commitment will greatly improve the quality of existing training and enhance opportunities to suit the busy lives of volunteer surf lifesavers. It will enable our trainers to keep up-to-date with the latest teaching methods.
The funding, announced at Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club, NSW, includes:
- $6 million to help upskill existing volunteer trainers and assessors
- $1.5 million for Surf Life Saving Australia to update its technology to enhance training and reduce red tape
- $1.5 million to improve management support for volunteer training managers at clubs
- $1 million for expanded recruitment and recognition of supervisors, trainers and assessors at clubs around the country
The funding will relieve much of the administrative burden on our volunteers, freeing them to deliver front line services while being up skilled through more advanced and timely professionally based training to the very highest standards.
Surf Life Saving Australia is committed to reducing the nation’s coastal drowning rate by 50% by 2020. Such strong Government support is a significant boost to our efforts in achieving that.