After being involved in a novel clinical trial for nearly 12 months, an opportunity arose where I felt confident enough to consider returning as a volunteer surf lifesaver at South Curl Curl SLSC. In order to achieve this goal, I needed to complete an in depth training course, that not only required me to complete a theory and practical component, but also a proficiency test where I had to run 100 metres, then swim 200 metres through surf.
The 100-metre run across the sand is a technical challenge: sand provides significant resistance and requires increased stamina
The first lap of the 200-metre swim requires me to swim through the surf - which is disorientating and challenges my spatial awareness. It is equally as challenging for the brain as it is for the body.
The second lap is a test of endurance. The energy expended in the run and the first lap doesn't leave much left in the tank.
South Curl Curl Beach, NSW, Australia
South Curl Curl
Having now completed all the components of this in-depth training course, I returned as a volunteer lifesaver at South Curl Curl SLSC in December 2020.
Under the guidance of Patrol Captain, Paul Torrington, I joined the rest of my mates in Patrol G.
From left to right
Back Row: Dave Hall, David Marshall, Adrian Florence, Bill Yeates, Paul Brittan, Paul Torrington, Simon Rorke, Anthony King, and Darren Ingram
Front Row: Mic Harrold and John Diggin
To date, here is my journey returning to Master's Surf Lifesaving after my diagnosis:
Returned as a volunteer Surf Lifesaver at South Curl Curl SLSC
Competed in Northern Beaches Master's Surf Lifesaving Carnival and came last in my Board Race heat
Champion Lifesaver Carnival Official
Co-coached two competitors in U/15 Northern Beaches Branch Champion Lifesaver Carnival; 1st and 3rd
Co-coached two competitors in U/15 NSW Champion Lifesaver Carnival; 1st and 2nd
Co-coached two competitors in U/15 Australian Champion Lifesaver Carnival; 1st and 5th
Competed at Sunshine Coast in Australian Master's Surf Lifesaving Carnival and came 2nd last in my Board Race
Returned as a volunteer lifesaver at South Curl Curl SLSC for the 2021/2022 season
Acted as an official at the Branch Lifesaving Championships
Co-coached five competitors in the Champion Lifesaver event at the Branch Championships, placing 1st (U14), 2nd (U15), 1st (U17), 1st (U19), 4th (U15)
Competed in the Board Race at the Australian Master's Championships, placing 9th in the semifinal (17th in Australia)
Co-coached three competitors in Champion Lifesaver event at the Australian Championships, placing 4th (U14), 7th (U15), 5th (U17)
Competed in Master's NSW Pool Rescue Championships
Competed in Australian Pool Rescue Championships
Competed in World Lifesaving Pool Rescue Championships