Exchange life savers
MORE than 20 surf life savers from Taiwan have spent the past week exchanging rescue tips with Kirra Surf Life Saving Club members.
A group of the visiting Taiwanese were given a ride over Kirra Beach in a rescue helicopter yesterday afternoon.
The Asian guests also enjoyed Aussie-style barbecued sausages.
They have been training with Kirra life savers for bronze medallion and inflatable rescue boat qualifications.
Taiwan's National Water Life Saving Association has a 20year exchange association with the Kirra club.
Jacky Chao, who patrols at White Sand Beach near Taipei, said a lot of Taiwanese were afraid of the ocean and there were many beach rescues in Taiwan.
Jacky said he was able to compare resuscitation, training and patrol techniques during this visit, and is hopeful Kirra life savers will make a return trip to Taiwan later this year or early next year.