- Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:43
- Written by Tim Tucak
Zach Zephyr likes things X-treme. Sports that is. But things don't get much more extreme than being chased by a tiger shark, tackling a tropical cyclone and scuba diving for buried treasure.
Visiting the Coral Islands with his father, Zach is caught up in a scuba diving treasure hunt with his new friend Ali. There’s Eco-Max adventure aplenty as Zach and Ali try to stay ahead of the dodgy Compteur brothers and find the secret location of the long lost gold coins.
Follow their action packed adventures and learn a thing or two about coral reefs and scuba diving along the way.
An Eco-Max Adventure by Swanny Club Member, Vaughan Brazier.
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- Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 00:23
- Written by Tim Tucak
Surf Life Saving calls on all Australians to help save more lives this summer
The campaign, featuring the iconic Noisework’s track Touch calls on the Australian community to support the movement by donating much needed funds to the 100+ year old charity.
The campaign is fronted by Ironman legend Trevor Hendy who is calling on all Australians to understand the importance of community support for the Surf Life Saving movement.
“This is a great campaign for a great organisation. We are the face of Australia’s beaches, yet we are a charity that provides a valuable service to millions of people each year on and off the beach at no cost,” Mr Hendy said.
“Since its beginnings in 1907, the Surf Life Saving (SLS) movement has saved over 615,000 lives on Australian beaches but SLS can’t survive alone and relies heavily on the support of the community, through donations.
“Our lifesavers and lifeguards help to save almost 12,000 lives every year but we are not a hospital – we teach over 500,000 kids each year but we’re not a school.” Mr Hendy said.
Former Noiseworks member and now solo artist Steve Balbi said he was proud to be part of the campaign and said it was likely that the track would be reinvigorated with SLS’s support like most iconic tracks. “It’s an iconic song for an iconic movement,” Mr Balbi said.
The new campaign demonstrates the breadth of Surf Life Saving services which include coastline patrols, education and training, search and rescue services, and on-water surveillance.
The summer safety messaging from Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), Australia's major coastal safety peak body representing the Surf Life Saving movement across the country, is to respect the water and know your limitations.
Anthony Bradstreet, SLSA National Coastal Manager said that although Australian beaches look amazing, they can be unpredictable and hide some dangers that every visitor should be aware of such as rip currents. Everyone needs to respect all aquatic environments especially the surf.
And the fundamental message for anyone going the beach - please, be safe and always swim between the red and yellow flags, because if we can’t see you, we can’t save you.
“Funds donated ensure the continuation of these services and provide essential lifesaving equipment,” he said.
In Australia, there are over 100 million beach visitations each year and experienced volunteer surf lifesavers and paid lifeguards watch over these visitors to ensure their time at the beach is as safe and enjoyable as possible.
During the 2012-13 patrol season, surf lifesavers and Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) lifeguards performed almost 12,000 rescues, 1million preventative actions and over 64,000 first aid treatments on beaches around Australia.
All funds raised through the summer campaign will be managed through SLSA’s subsidiary, The Surf Life Saving Foundation (SLSF).
Every Australian can help us save more lives. Please donate today at sls.com.au/donate or phone 1800 642 925.
SLSA thanks its corporate partners for the support and commitment in helping to provide the services it does to save lives.
Watch the new campaign ad below or visit SLSA's official YouTube channel here.