DO IT, You Will Definitely Not Regret It

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 by raquel No Comments

Meet ISLA’s volunteer global lifeguard, Vasili Plequi. He joined ISLA for our Nicaragua Lifeguard trip for the 2nd year in a row. Read more about him and his 2014 and his 2015 ISLA Experience…

Vasili Nicaragua

When did you start lifeguarding?

I started lifeguarding in February of 2012, when my swim coach/Jr. Guard Director for 5 years in a row told me, “You will make a hell of a lifeguard, you have everything you need to be successful”, ever since then I learned that lifeguarding is way more than just looking good, talking to opposite sex on the beach, and partying everyday after work.

What can you tell us about yourself?

Right now I am a LG Training Instructor. I have been an Jr. Lifeguard Instructor for 2 years, Graduated from Ponte Vedra High School in May 2014. Graduated from First Coast Technical College with an EMT-B technical certificate in Dec. 2014 (waiting for NREMT exam to be scheduled) I am currently a Full Time student at Florida State College in Jacksonville Nursing is my major.

My professional life goal is to move up the ranks of the Ocean Rescue Dept. while in school and traveling, and in 10 years I see myself being a Physician Assistant and working in the Emergency Room.

Another life goal for me is to visit as many countries possible and experience different cultures, that is why I will continue to be an active member of ISLA.

Some of my favorite hobbies are hiking, rowing on my free time, and reading non-fiction novels.

 

Vasili Pleqi

What is your favorite beach?

Beside the Glyfada (the beside where I grew up in Greece), Ft Lauderdale is my favorite beach, it brings memories from Greece, lots of people year round, stores, restaurants and bars on the board walk. Although, nothing is better than camping out on the beach in a tropical country.

What is your favorite aspect of being a Lifeguard?

Being able to put together all the things you love and are passionate about.

How did you first get started with ISLA?
I found out about Isla from one my co-workers Taylor Anderson upon his return from ISLA’s 1st Eastern Europe trip.

What interests you most about ISLA?

Besides traveling, There is nothing better than making new friends, sharing stories, learning new ways to rescue people, and most importantly being part of a taking to underdeveloped countries improve their lifeguard operations.

What was your ISLA experience in 2014?
I had an incredible experience with the crew. I got to bodysurf some of the biggest waves, made new friends, exchanged lifesaving techniques with the team, and quickly learned to appreciate all the resources we have here stateside. My #1 tip for your next ISLA to be patient and have fun.

What was your ISLA experience in 2015?

The experience was one of a kind! We had an awesome group of lifeguards from Massachusetts, N. S. Carolina, Florida, California, and Australia. It was a good feeling to be able a make a difference in the community of Poneloya, Nicaragua with our presence at the beaches. We were able to interrupt the process of drowning to a few, and that alone I am very proud to be an ISLA member and honored to be selected to go two years in a row.

What is lifeguarding Semana Santa (Easter) like?

Chaos with long and hot days! It is definitely not the type of lifeguarding we do back in the states, the way EMS works, and scope of practice! If I had to describe it in one word I would say “IMPROVISE”, work with what you have! It’s amazing how you only need a BVM to interrupt the process of drowning, compared to all the advanced equipment we use back home.

How will you continue to prevent drowning And create awareness for the Global Drowning Epidemic (WHO Estimates 375,000+) after your ISLA trip? 

After coming back from my trip, I will be continuing to host water safety workshops in my city, and collaborate with the ARC, and the ARC Project an organization from the Great Lakes with swimming lesson events, and surf camps. Project Wipeout has been very supportive on this cause and has been sending a lot of educational brochures, posters and coloring book to be used and passed out at our Water Safety Events throughout the city.

Vasili Pleqi

Describe Yourself in 3 words.

Responsible, Confident, Adventurous

What inspires you?

What inspired me to continue these trips is the good times we all have, save lives, give back to the local communities we work with, and a great opportunity to see the world! Pretty much what the US Navy says ” Join the Navy, and see the world”

What you you say to someone who is thinking about joining an isla trip?

DO IT, you will definitely not regret it! Heres 3 tips If you join next years Semana Santa team, #1 Watch Dr Justin Sempsrott lecture on drowning, it will definitely come in handy. #2 Pack very light, #3 Work Hard, Party Hard! #4 Don’t be the first one to go to bed.

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Thank you Miss Lifeguard for Saving My Life!

Posted on: April 13th, 2015 by raquel No Comments

Meet ISLA’s volunteer global lifeguard, Hannah Wrenn. She joined ISLA for our Nicaragua Lifeguard trip for the 2nd year in a row. Read more about her and her ISLA Experience…

Hannah Wrenn Nicaragua

When did you start lifeguarding?

I have been a lifeguard since I was able to start working. I began competitive swimming at the age of 6; and I always looked up to the lifeguards(literally). It was living on an island that brought the interest in Ocean Rescue/lifeguarding upon me. I enrolled in the Junior lifeguard program since I wasn’t old enough to really get into the work at the time. And fell in love. One year before I was officially of age to work on the beach; I received a phone call from the supervisor/ Jr LG instructor asking me to work, in hopes of me being old enough. But sure enough, the next year I was there. With a 5+ year record, each year I was moving on up; supervising opportunities, Jr LG instructing, training, and regional LG competitions.In the midst of guarding for the beach, I also worked part time as a head guard at our local YMCA. I attended EMT school, after a couple years of attending FSCJ.

What can you tell us about yourself?

Myself, I am a bubbly person whom was raised on an island. I believe my ultimate goal and purpose in life is to help. From helping people with working as a lifeguard, and EMT to my current work now; working in a non for profit local Humane Society. We do both of helping the people and the animals. I intend my life goals to continue to follow my path of whatever makes me happy, do it. I will be (hopefully) attending Vet school this upcoming summer. This is one of my many hobbies; I love caring for animals just as much as people in need. Sports, I swim and play volleyball, and love to cook food and spend time with my family, and furbabies.

What is your favorite beach?

My favorite beach would have to now be when we went/stayed at Jiquillo last 2014 Semana Santa. I have never seen such perfect barreling waves (as our little island never gets those), bright colorful seashells, clear brisk waters, with a sunset that I will never forget being so warm as the waves roll all the way up to the rocks at sundown.

What is your favorite aspect of being a Lifeguard?

“Thank you Miss Lifeguard for saving my life!” There was a specific rescue I had, where a young boy came up to me a couple hours later…after being so scared and thanked me for saving him. I’ve had this happen on numerous occasions but this specific rescue, I will NEVER forget.

 

How did you first get started with ISLA?

I had worked as a lifeguard for Amelia Island, City of Fernandina Beach Ocean Rescue. A fellow mentor, supervisor, guard, instructor and friend, Angela Ray, had told me about that there are opportunities to take our services even further, and I was all ears. The experience, the travel, and the mission was too intriguing not to be interested! She let me know when the application had opened for the 2014 Semana Santa trip;and I was actually in my Marine Biology lab, and I got right on the site, and applied!

What interests you most about ISLA?

It is so rewarding to be able to help people in a way that not many people have the ability to aide in. The mission. The mission to spread the education, word, and hearts from our lifeguards to theirs. The relationships that we built with the Nicaraguan lifeguards will never leave my heart. The ways we were able to help them with equipment, shows that we can make a difference throughout the world with drowning prevention.

What is it like lifeguarding during Semana Santa (Easter) in Nicaragua?

Lifeguarding during Semana Santa is indescribable! The people, the food, the sand, the waves, the activities, the culture in all and so much more is nothing like I’ve ever seen. It was a thrill and rush to see those big waves compared to what we have here on the east coast of our small island.

What was your 2014 ISLA Experience like?

My 2014 ISLA trip experience was entirely eye opening. I had never been out of the country before, so I felt nervous and excited all at once. I was honored to be able to go to another country to aide in drowning prevention for such a huge holiday. I will always remember the amazing people and friendships I established.

What was the most memorable about your 2014 ISLA Experience?

Last year in Nicaragua, whew!..There are too many stories! I’d say my most memorable would be starting with our lake tour through Granada. I had never seen such unique ways of living, on all the separate islands. The scenery, and wildlife was breathtaking. Then we got to jump in and splash around at the end of the tour. In the middle of the trip, during a day of guarding in Jiquillio, Lauren Badenhoop, Angela and myself saw an elder sea turtle. Lauren and I went out and swam with it! And to end, I had a shower of emotions come over me during our last breakfast with the Nicaraguan Red Cross lifeguards. We had so many laughs, hugs, said our goodbyes, took pictures, and presented them with our equipment and we even gave them some of our personal things to remember us. I made many friends over there and on the ISLA team that I will remember for a lifetime.

The highlight of this year, is going to be seeing everyone again. And body whompin some huge waves!

Hannah Wrenn Nicaragua
What was your 2015 ISLA Experience like?

Overall, I can’t wait to embark on more endeavors with International Surf Lifesaving Association in other countries.. This mission is growing year by year, and to reach out more internationally is the ultimate goal. I hope to see ISLA representatives on the East Coast here soon!

What was the most memorable about your 2015 ISLA Experience?

My most memorable experience of this year was the amount of preventives, assists, rescues and aides we were able to provide this year. This is what we are there to do and it is such a rewarding, fulfilling feeling to be able to help those in need. Not only the patrons of the beaches, but the local Red Cross Guardavidas y Soccoristas :)

What was the highlight of this year’s trip?

My highlight experience this year would actually have to be, reconnecting with all of the friends I made in Nicaragua during my 2014 trip. They are all so loving, welcoming and eager to learn. Seeing the improvement and focus from last year to this year with the Nicaraguan Red Cross guards was highly impressive. You can tell they worked hard with training throughout the year in preparation for another busy Semana Santa

Can you share any stories with us about your 2015 Nicaraguan trip?

At the chapter/beach my group was stationed at Jiquilillo. 2 guards at tower 1, successfully resuscitated a man who had in took took much water after one too many drinks. Hearing this story and being so close to the action really shows what we are there to do. Without this mission, who knows how many more lives would have suffered and died.

How Will You Continue To Prevent Drowning And Create Awareness For The Global Drowning Epidemic (WHO Estimates 375,000+) After Your ISLA Trip? 

Education is key in this subject. And consistent self education, and outreach. Daily there are people learning new ways to prevent drowning and it helps for us to all come together to put our brains and bodies to action.

I would be more blessed than ever to be a part of the team again!

What inspires you?

Making people happy, and doing what I can to help is what keep me going. That is my inspiration. I believe to always go with life and whatever experience comes along my path.

Describe Yourself in 3 words.

Responsible, Bubbly, and Ingenuitive

Hannah Wrenn Nicaragua

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Considering Joining an ISLA Trip?

To anyone considering joining this mission; DO IT! Don’t waste a moment to pass up an amazing opportunity as such. I have learned more than I ever expected, made life long friends, and family. Here in the States, we have more opportunities for equipment, training, education, and outreach. We are all here on the world to help one another, and with these organizations we are showing that we can make this possible. I love being able to use my gift and skill of Ocean Rescue other places, especially those where it isn’t readily available.

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It Was a Mellow Day at the Beach, But What Happened Next Changed Everything

Posted on: April 9th, 2015 by raquel 1 Comment

This past Easter (Semana Santa) we sent a team of 17 volunteers to lifeguard 4 beaches in Nicaragua; La Boquita, Huehuete, Poneloya, and Jiquillio. Semana Santa in Nicaragua is a national holiday celebration traditionally associated with massive beach crowds, dangerous surf and ocean conditions, and multiple drowning events. During the holiday, we shared lifesaving techniques and helped prevent drownings alongside the Nicaraguan Red Cross.

But one particular event left a lasting impression on everyone…

Jiquillo Nicaragua

“It was a mellow weekend when things took a turn for an action-packed streak of adrenaline with my partner Chris Angelotti.  A dark cloud followed us but we wouldn’t let it hold us down. We were making non-stop rescues, we didn’t know when it would end.” – Nick Schriver

“We were alerted to a problem in the water by a man yelling something in Spanish which instinctively caused me to look in his direction. I saw a man holding the arm of a  limp body just a few feet from the shore. We ran to the man and began to pull him to dry sand to begin the assessment. Once on dry land, Nick had the bag valve mask (BVM) and started the assessment quickly realized that the victim was not breathing. He pulled out the bag valve mask and instructed one of the Nicaraguan Red Cross volunteers to check for a pulse. He had a pulse, but was not breathing.

Nick opened his airway and we began to provide ventilation. After a few ventilation’s the victim began to make an effort to breathe on his own. Even though he began to breathe on his own he was not getting enough oxygen to his lungs. We continued to use the bag valve mask for about 2 more minutes until the victim started to try to talk. We removed the BVM and Nick began to ask the victim questions to obtain his level of consciousness. The victim knew his name and the date, but not where he was. At this point, we put the victim on a backboard and put him in the ambulance where they took him for further care.” – Chris Angelotti

With their skills, training, the ability to act calmly and quickly in an emergency situation our two ISLA lifeguards Nick Schriver and Chris Angelotti and the Nicaraguan Red Cross lifeguards resuscitated a drowning victim at Jiquilillo and saved his life.

“My training kicked in and I instinctively jumped into action. My adrenaline was pumping and my training allowed me to play a part in saving a mans life. It was an experience I will never forget.” – Chris Angelotti

Resuscitation Nicaragua

Resuscitation Nicaragua

Resuscitation Nicaragua

“The whole trip was one of the most fulfilling things I have done in my life. Meeting the Nicaraguan volunteers and experiencing their way of life and how they lifeguard opened my eyes and made me realize why I love to lifeguard! The resuscitation was just icing on the cake.” – Chris Angelotti

“We fulfilled our mission with ISLA, we did what we came to do and accomplished more than what we would have expected.  We trained, shared ideas, lifeguarded side-by-side with the Nicaraguans, made many rescues that saved many lives. It’s an honor to know what we did made a significant impact and difference.  Our work may be done for now but we’ll be back for more.  We are lifeguards, resuscitationists, and humanitarians.” – Nick Schriver

Did you know that around the globe, 2 people drown every minute? This is a statistic that is not only recognized by the World Health Organization as an epidemic, but one that needs to stop!

DROWNING IS PREVENTABLE!

And these deaths can be prevented through awareness, education and taking action. Want to help us take action to #StopDrowning ?

Volunteer Lifeguard

Lifeguarding is About Helping Others and Protecting Lives

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 by raquel No Comments

Meet ISLA’s volunteer lifeguard, Alexis Fender. She joined ISLA for the 1st trip on our lifeguard trip to Nicaragua. Read more about her and her ISLA Experience…

Alexis Fender Nicaragua

When did you start lifeguarding?

I have lifeguarded for four years, I started lifeguarding at the age of 15. I started lifeguarding because my brother lifeguarded and I thought it was the coolest job anyone could ask for. I always knew I wanted to help others and my passion has always been the water so it was the perfect summer job while I was in high school.

Once I got involved with lifeguarding and realized it was more than a job where you got paid to tan, was when I really fell in love with lifeguarding. Lifeguarding is about helping others and protecting/saving lives. You get paid in the rewards of going home after work. Realizing you made a difference in someone else’s life.

What is your favorite aspect of being a lifeguard?

I love coming home at the end of the day knowing I made a difference in someone’s life.

What can you tell us about yourself?

I am just a normal college student trying to find their place in this world. While in high school my favorite thing to do was swim and help others improve their swimming skills and educating citizens about the dangers water can present. I am originally from Missouri and when I heard about ISLA I was 15. I always dreamt of experiences like this and never thought I would get the chance. So here I am, 19 and going on my first International Project. I am currently working on my Private Pilot’s License and hope to have that soon. I am going to school online to receive my Bachelor’s in Aeronautics in hopes of becoming an airline pilot.

Alexis Fender Nicaragua

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are swimming, water skiing, hiking, being outdoors and I have recently learned to surf.

What is your favorite beach?

My favorite beaches would have to be the beaches of Cancun, Mexico just because I love the serenity of the surf, white sand and turquoise waters.

What inspires you?

People inspire me, travel inspires me. I am influenced by many things and some would say I am easily inspired.

Alexis Fender Nicaragua

What interests you the most about ISLA?

I love the way ISLA gives people the opportunity to expand their knowledge and experiences while helping others at the same time. I heard about ISLA when I was 15 and the thought of going on an International Project has been a dream of mine ever since.

Can you share any stories with us about your Nicaraguan trip?

Justin, Henry, Angela and I’s first night at the beaches we had a sail boat wash ashore, unmanned and we got to deal with some ‘pirates’. We never got the full story on it. The last day we were coming back to Managua and we weren’t quite sure how we were going to get back… Shortly we found out we were going to be riding in the back of this huge truck with 6 guard stands in it, holding on for dear life, ducking for power lines and tree limbs. It was great to experience the way the locals do things.

Alexis Fender Nicaragua

What was the highlight of this year’s trip?

The highlight of this year’s trip would have to be the amount of lives we touched, coming home knowing you made a difference is an unforgettable feeling.

What is lifeguarding during Semana Santa like?

CRAZY! Having never been on this trip I had no idea what to expect and I learned very shortly to expect the unexpected. Our first day was insane and we had a lot of rip rescues. After the first day it kind of slowed down but we still had some minor first aid and tons of preventatives. I learned very quickly to expect the unexpected.

How will you continue to prevent drowning and create Awareness for the global drowning epidemic after your ISLA Trip?

When I return from my ISLA Trip I will continue To Prevent Drowning And Create Awareness For the Global Drowning Epidemic by using the necessary tools to educate my fellow citizens and beach-goers about the dangers of the ocean. I will continue to stress that education about these dangers be necessary to keep our waters safe and an enjoyable past-time for patrons. I will use the lessons and tips from my trip to help effectively prevent drowning.

Describe yourself in three words.

Ambitious, Caring, Determined

Nicaragua 2015

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Project Eastern Europe 2015

Posted on: March 22nd, 2015 by Henry Reyes No Comments

Greek Lifeguards


“Fix your eyes upon the greatness of Athens” -Thucydides


Experience the incredible opportunity of exploring the cradle of western civilization with ISLA! This will be ISLA’s second mission to the Balkan Peninsula to explore, work with the locals, and exchange & teach lifesaving ideas with the Greeks and Macedonians.

This year’s project will start in Athens, where we will meet with the Greek lifeguards of Hellas Lifesaving. There we will explore their facilities, meet their lifeguards and exchange ideas, visit a few beach operational sites, all before having time to explore the vibrant history and life of the ancient city of Athens.

After our exchange with the Greek lifeguards and with exploring the ancient city of Athens, we will be transported to Macedonia by our wonderful friends of the Macedonian Rescuer. We will have several days to share with us their beautiful country side, impressive ancient ruins, and some incredible caves up the pristine mountain canyons of Macedonia.

From there our team will post up in the quaint and beautiful little town of Veles, which is also the capital for the Macedonian Water and Mountain Rescue team, and run a 3-day ISLA Basic Open Water Lifeguard Course in nearby tourist area Lake Mladost.

Once the training is done, our team will have another day for further exploration of the country’s capital city while we complete an ISLA media tour with our new friends of the Macedonian Rescuer before our project is finished.

You will meet lifelong friends, experience the beauty of both Greece and Macedonia, and have the adventure of a life-time!

Hellas Lifeguard Training Center

Tentative Project Itinerary

5/23/15: Arrive at Airport in Athens, Greece (ATH)

5/24/15: Day with Lifeguards from Hellas Training Center

5/25/15: Free day to explore Athens. Overnight to Thessaloníki

5/26/15: Travel to Macedonia – Tour Ohrid

5/27/15: Free day to explore Velles & Skopje – River & Cave Tour

5/28/15: Instructor Course Preparation Day

5/29/15: ISLA Open Water Training Course: Day 1

5/30/15: ISLA Open Water Training Course: Day 2

5/31/15: ISLA Open Water Training Course: Day 3

6/01/15: Media Day and Awards/Certification Ceremony

6/02/15: Depart from Airport in Skopje, Macedonia (SKP)

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Pre-Project Schedule

4/05/15: Eastern Europe Applications Close

4/13/15: Selected Volunteers Notified

4/17/15: $100 non-refundable deposit and airfare purchase due

5/01/15: $750 non-refundable project donation due

Eastern Europe Lifeguard Certification

Costs

ISLA Project Donation: $850 USD
Greece Entrance Fee: None (for U.S. Citizens, may vary by country)
Airfare: Varies*

*Each volunteer will be responsible for their own airfare to Athens, Greece (ATH) & Airfare departing from Skopje, Macedonia (SKP) ($1,200 – $1,400 from Los Angeles) and the $850.00 that will cover housing, most food, ground transport, uniform, and equipment donations for the project. Tour entrance admissions in Macedonia are covered with this donation.

INCLUDED IN THE ISLA PROJECT DONATION:

      • Lodging for the duration of the project
      • Meals during Volunteer Lifeguard Portions (approximately ½ the trip)
      • In country transportation
      • 1 Year ISLA Membership
      • International Travelers Insurance for the duration of the project
      • Full ISLA Uniform
      • Equipment Donation

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Check out our past ISLA Projects in Eastern Europe.

We Are Paid In Sunsets

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by islasurforg No Comments

Grace Hamilton

Meet ISLA’s volunteer global lifeguard, Grace Hamilton. She joined ISLA for our Chiliean Lifeguard Exchange. Read more about her and her ISLA Experience, “This experience is paid in sunsets and unforgettable friendships that money can’t buy!”

When did you start lifeguarding?

I have been an ocean lifeguard for 5 years with the Australian Lifeguard Service. I also work for Australian Training Consultancy as a Trainer and Assessor for first aid and work at a beautiful gym and yoga centre Heart and Soul Health Clubs.

I began lifeguarding in 2010 for the AUSTRALIAN lifeguard Service and was situated at my home beach breaks across the Tweed Shire for three years. I then moved to Byron Bay where I have been lifeguarding in the Byron shire for the past 2 years as. I have been offered opportunities to lifeguard in Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia but unfortunately have been at busy times and was unable to attend. In 2015 I was lucky enough to join the International Surf Lifesaving Association on an experience of a lifetime to adventure to Chile, South America. There myself and 3 other guards from around the world put our lifeguard skills to use.

How did you first get started with ISLA?

The Chile Lifeguard program for me was a very last minute decision. Initially I was thinking of heading over to Japan to snowboard with some friends for my uni break, but at last minute decided I’d like to put my time to a bit more use and began researching volunteer programs. When I came across the Isla website and read up on the chile exchange program i thought how unreal it would be to get on board something like this. I applied straight away, thinking it was a long shot and wouldn’t hear back from them. A few days later I was out surfing and came back to a few missed calls from an international number. I couldn’t believe it Isla got back to me I was accepted. Without hesitation I accepted and in less then a month later I was on the other side of the Pacific Ocean lifeguarding and surfing.

What was the ISLA Experience for you?

I didn’t really know what to expect on my adventure over to Chile, I hadn’t know many people from Australia that had visited the country nor did I have much time to prepare myself for it. All I can say is that now I’m home and have finished the program I do not regret one minute of it, I didn’t know anyone before I went over there now the once strangers have become close friends.

Some places I had only dreamed of to surf I was able to tick off my bucket list and the entire program was unbelievably a lot better then I could of imagined, visiting snow covered volcanic mountains in Patagonia, blue lagoons amongst the forests, white water rafting, jet ski training, skipping past the popular over crowded hot springs to the locals hot springs a little higher into the mountains, meeting many like minded surfers who’s passion is just to enjoy every spare moment in the salty sea yet are all individually driven towards success. The Isla Chile program 2015 was a 10/10 and It sure won’t be my last program with Isla.

From being in Chile and living in the lifeguard house in Tongoy as well as meeting many other Chileans I learnt that people can have so little yet give so much. My favourite saying was one that a lifeguard in tongoy told me ‘ we are paid in sunsets!

Chile Lifeguard Exchange

What do you do outside of lifeguarding?

I am currently approaching my third year studying nutrition and complimentary medicine at Southern Cross University. As well as holding over 30+ awards involving first aid or rescue techniques.

What are your interests?

My interests include the ocean and its beauty, the untouched presence of nature and education that promotes an overall well-being.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include surfing, nutrition, scuba diving and the occasional Sunday session with my friends whether it’s having a BBQ on the beach or adventuring to listen to some live bands.

 

What are your goals?

My goals in life is to simply just be the best person I can be and not waste time waiting around for something to happen. I’m pretty happy with my pathway in life at the moment. Studying what I love for a lifestyle choice and not so much a career path but if that’s how it works out I’ll be pleased with the out come also.

What is your favorite…?

My favourite colour is purple. Jack Johnson is my favorite beach music but I like to listen to a wide variety of music anywhere from Chet Faker, Blink 182 to Van Morrison. My favorite beach food is watermelon and grapes. I enjoy all types of sport, I’ve played a lot of field hockey and competed in surf life saving for many years as well as a couple fun surfing comps.

What is your favorite beach?

My favourite beach in the world would have to be between dreamtime at Fingal NSW or Broken Head NSW although Punta De Lobos, Chile was a real eye opener too and has to be up there.

What is your favorite rescue equipment?

The rescue board, it is effective in making quick and efficient rescued both at a distance off shore and in the break zone plus when I get some free time it’s always fun to go catch some waves on my lunch break.

What is your hope for drowning prevention?

Drowning is a major issue across the world, . The prevention of drownings is not going to happen over night nor is just one person going to put an end to it.
Through education and the building of skills worldwide i hope that around the world people can come together and collaborate ideas just like we did in Chile.

Grace Hamilton

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