Lara and Tara’s first ever patrol was a busy Sunday morning at South Maroubra beach in New South Wales, and the surf conditions were getting hectic.
They were urging hundreds of swimmers to move between the flags because they could see a strong rip forming nearby. That’s when they spotted the younger girls – about seven and eight years old – struggling to swim away from the rip. They were calling out for help as the rip swept them deeper out to sea and away from the flags.
Lara and Tara’s training kicked in immediately and they raced into the waves without a second to waste. They used their rescue tubes to keep the girls afloat as they battled the waves to bring them back to shore, safely, and confidently reassuring the young girls that they were now safe and everything was ok.
Lara and Tara are just 14 years old and at such a young age they are capable of saving lives on our beaches. Because of attending the Surf Life Saving training and education programs, they developed their confidence and learnt lifesaving skills and technique.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do the rescue without the training that I had,” says Lara. “It gave me heaps of confidence. I just knew exactly what to do.”
Their Patrol Captain, Denis, kept a close eye on the rescue and was ready to intervene if things got out of hand. But Lara and Tara performed the entire rescue so skilfully and quickly that they didn’t need any help at all.
It’s truly impressive that just hours into their first patrol as volunteer Surf Life Savers, Lara and Tara saved the lives of two little girls. Both Lara and Tara put it down to their years of Nippers and Surf Life Saving training.