Surf Lifesaving India, Hopes to Run India’s First Surf Life Saving (SLS) Centre in Mangaluru

Surf Lifesaving, India is hoping to run India’s first Surf Life Saving Centre with the support of the district administration and also seeking support from both the state and central governments.

Niroop GR and Srikrishna Vasanth are the two life-saving trainers from Mangaluru taking up training under various aspects of lifesaving techniques in Sydney, Australia

Both have been selected to attend Bronze Medallion, helicopter rescue and other surf rescue training.

  • The Bronze Medallion, for instance, provides participants with the skills and knowledge of patrolling and
  • Surf awareness is the ability to participate in lifesaving operations.

The director of Surf Lifesaving, India Partha Varanashi, (affiliated to Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India) said, “Drowning has been a serious epidemic in India. With over 29,700 registered drowning cases a year in India. Australia has established over 670 Surf Lifesaving Clubs (SLS, Club) (Beach safety centers) in different beaches all across their coastline. With this, it has reduced Australia’s yearly drowning incidents to fewer than 50 a year. In India, Mangalore Surf Association, renamed as Stoked Surfers’ Club, is the first center which is keen to follow the footsteps of Australian Surf Life Saving module.

Mangalore Surf Association is spearheading the Surf Life Saving Movement in India with the help of Rashtriya Life Saving Society India (RLSSI), Surf Life Saving and Coogee SLS, Sydney, and more importantly with the guidance from Doug Hawkins (Director, Junior SLS, Sydney) .”

Srikrishna Vasanth is an ISA-certified surf instructor for last 2 years

  • He has 13 years of surfing experience and is the chief surf instructor with Stoked Surfers’ Club.
  • He has trained over 100 competitive swimmers.
  • He is also training over 50 people in surfing.

Niroop GR, the center head for RSLSS (I) Mangaluru

  • He has given First aid training for Dakshina Kannada district police unit and students from several schools and colleges.
  • He has also trained about 100 locals in Uttar Kannada district last year and saved about 14 lives from drowning so far.
  • Under a unique programme he has trained around 50 swimmers from Dakshina Kannada, 38 schoolchildren along with 100 fishermen kids of Udupi have been trained.
  • He is a swim coach at the Puttur Aquatic Club.

Partha also said, “Niroop and Srikrishna are learning to manage the beach safety center, besides running a Surf Life Saving (SLS) center.



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