As well as opening the Merimbula Marine Rescue’s unit’s new base, Saturday, June 14 saw certificates of proficiency presented to a number of Unit members, recognising their achievement of advanced skills.
Regional NSW Marine Rescue training manager, Glenn Sullivan, presented certificates for Watchkeeper and Leading Boat Crew.
“Even though the unit’s members are volunteers, comprehensive and structured training is key to achieving the professional standards now expected of emergency organisations,” said Mr Sullivan.
“Marine Rescue NSW is the largest single marine rescue body in Australia and has a commitment to competency-based training. Skills developed in Marine Rescue are delivered by a Registered Training Organisation, they are nationally recognised and transferable, and so there are practical benefits for our members.
“Even though the training is for a serious purpose it is also fun – particularly the boat training - otherwise volunteers wouldn’t do it,” he added.
Mr Sullivan congratulated those receiving awards, saying that achieving these skills signified their commitment to crucial role of marine safety and the ethos of professionalism.