Snapper cave drill good experience for real rescues

SLSCC Support Operations team for 2021


Surf Life Saving Central Coast (SLSCC) Support Operations team conducted a search and rescue exercise at the notorious black spot, Snapper Cave, on November 27 to prepare for emergency incidents along one of the most treacherous section of the local coastline.

Surf Life Saving Central Coast highlighted the need to conduct regular training exercises at Snapper Cave, Frazer Park, due to its remote location.

SLSCC Support Operations team needs to be able to respond to an emergency incident with a coordinated and controlled approach to dangerous emergency incidents.

During the 2021-21 season the Support Operations team conducted 106 rescues outside the red and yellow flags.

This is a significant amount of rescues and, without the Support Operations team’s swift response, the Central Coast’s drowning rate would be much higher.

The SLSCC search and rescue exercise is specifically designed to assist the Support Operations team in responding and familiarising themselves with the local coastline before an emergency incident occurs.

SLSCC held a search and rescue training session at Snapper Cave over the weekend

On the day the team performed various complex search and rescue scenarios that simulated real incidents that occur along the dangerous rock shelf and surrounding area.

Director of Lifesaving, Simon Cusack, said: “These exercises are crucial to ensuring our RWC lifesavers are well prepared for any incident which may occur along our treacherous coastline.

“Our Support Operation team are crucial in achieving our goal of zero drownings on the Central Coast,” he said.

This exercise also included two female recruit operators who undertook the intensive RWC operator’s course to become part of the SLSCC RWC Operators.

Surf Life Saving Central Coast CEO, Jon Harkness, said: “The training went really well and the nine new recruits, including two females, did a fantastic job.

“It’s really great to get some of our female volunteers involved with these operations as they contribute so much and they’re great role models.

“These guys will be doing search and rescues with the skills they picked up to support our clubs, especially in those dangerous sections like Snapper Cave.

“We even use this equipment in our proactive patrols around The Entrance channel,” Harkness said.

Harry Mulholland