Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club’s chief training officer Braeden McHugh is spending his summer weekends busily helping others and building his own skills.
He is particularly active at the beginning of each patrol season looking after and delivering the training of all new awards and qualifications and proficiencies including first aid, Bronze Medallion and Surf Rescue Certificates, the last covering water-rescue techniques, inflatable rescue-boat skills and spinal-management procedures.
Last Sunday Braeden was running the third skills maintenance course of the season, which requalifies all active members in all their awards. He is also currently running a Bronze Medallion course for two days a week over six to eight weeks.
Braeden says Surf Life Saving has strengthened his communication, leadership and teamwork skills. He also enjoys the social aspects and travel opportunities. He feels a strong bond with the local community and enjoys giving back. He has patrolled Bondi, Coogee and Clovelly beaches. He has also attended the Chief Training Officer conference for all SLS trainers across NSW. This year Braeden was nominated for Training Officer of the Year!
Braeden is 21, went to Xavier Catholic College at Lennox Head, works for the Commonwealth Bank and lives in Lismore.
From Echo, Nov 8, 2016 | by Guy Knox