Setting a good example and exercising diligence in both his personal and community life. These are the qualities that Scott Summers believes earned him the coveted title of DHL Surf Lifesaver of the Year for 2017. With 22 years in the military under his belt before he took up lifesaving six years ago, this proud Sunshine Beach SLSC captain says he has a strong leadership style.
"THE MILITARY HAS CERTAINLY SHAPED MY PERSONALITY AND MY BEING ABLE TO MENTOR PEOPLE OR LEAD PEOPLE."
When Scott left the military, he moved north to take up a management position with a local helicopter business. Scott joined Sunshine Beach SLSC as a water safety volunteer for Nippers in 2011. In his six
short years in surf lifesaving, Scott has been his club’s Director of Lifesaving, Gear and Equipment officer, IRB officer and Supervisor. It’s a big change for this former pilot who once flew Blackhawk helicopters and served our country. “I wanted the kids involved in Nippers and learnt quickly they needed water safety,” Scott said.
"I WENT FROM SERVING MY COUNTRY TO SERVING MY LOCAL COMMUNITY."
As Sunshine Beach SLSC Club Captain for the past three years, Scott encourages swimmers to come up and talk with the lifesavers. He says he has thrived in the team environment where everyone aged from 15 to 100 can be involved. He also loves the community environment. “We have a nice family-type club. It’s only 200 patrolling members [so] everyone knows each other. We always say g’day. It’s a beautiful place, with lots of tourists. We have lots of people on our beaches, therefore there’s a strong requirement to make sure they can swim safely. We have very challenging conditions as well, some open beaches,
big surf breaks... you need to be on the top of your game.” Volunteers come to surf lifesaving from many walks of life and we are open to all comers, whatever your background.
Surf Lifesavers take their job seriously. They are highly trained, and must pass a minimum of a Bronze Medallion to be allowed to patrol. Training for a Bronze Medallion is detailed and participants must prove their skills and knowledge in areas such as surf awareness, first aid, anatomy and physiology, CPR, rescue techniques and patrol methods to name a few.
To train a certified lifesaver costs upwards of $850. Your support has ensured there are over 46,000 patrolling members, across over 300 clubs, patrolling over 400 beaches this summer. Your support is saving lives.