Belinda Hartmann completes Australian Lifesaving Boat Emergency Rescue Training

Belinda Hartmann, Associate of Shelston IP spent the weekend completing Australian Lifesaving Boat Emergency Rescue Training (ALBERT) for Sydney Branch members.


The Sydney Branch of Surf Life Saving New South Wales (SLSNSW) provides a grant to bring down a team of the state’s best trainers from several northern SLS clubs for a weekend of upskilling and skills swapping.

As the Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) are often the first and last line of defence on our beaches (prevention, rescues and searches – they feed into the police rescue operations), these weekends are crucial.

The weekend involved 60 or so volunteers who gave up 2 days to sleep on the floor, get up at sunrise and train in the driving wind, rain and freezing cold water in order to be better lifesavers. They trained for approximately 14 hours over 2 days. Training involved launch drills, deep water mass rescues, and search and rescue operations.

This training is essentially for preparation for the worst situation that could possibly happen, but hope never happens.

Belinda and the others involved keep us safe on our beaches. Belinda reminds us all to SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS!