Surf Lifesaving

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.

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The 100-metre run across the sand is a technical challenge: sand provides significant resistance and requires increased stamina 

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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.

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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.

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South Curl Curl Beach, NSW, Australia

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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.

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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:

2020

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Returned as a volunteer Surf Lifesaver at South Curl Curl SLSC

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Competed in Northern Beaches Master's Surf Lifesaving Carnival and came last in my Board Race heat

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Champion Lifesaver Carnival Official

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2022

Co-coached two competitors in U/15 Northern Beaches Branch Champion Lifesaver Carnival; 1st and 3rd 

2021

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

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Returned as a volunteer lifesaver at South Curl Curl SLSC for the 2021/2022 season

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Acted as an official at the Branch Lifesaving Championships

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Co-coached five competitors in the Champion Lifesaver event at the Branch Championships, placing 1st (U14), 2nd (U15), 1st (U17), 1st (U19), 4th (U15)

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Competed in the Board Race at the Australian Master's Championships, placing 9th in the semifinal (17th in Australia)

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Co-coached three competitors in Champion Lifesaver event at the Australian Championships, placing 4th (U14), 7th (U15), 5th (U17)

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Competed in Master's NSW Pool Rescue Championships

Competed in Australian Pool Rescue Championships

Competed in World Lifesaving Pool Rescue Championships

2022

Next: Improving in swimming and surf lifesaving whilst adapting to Alzheimer's Disease