RIGHT, SAFETY FIRST: Vincent Ryan and daughter Sharli go for a swim with the Beach Buddy invention.
RIGHT, SAFETY FIRST: Vincent Ryan and daughter Sharli go for a swim with the Beach Buddy invention. Blainey Woodham

Close call leads to invention

CHILD safety and necessity are both mothers of this invention.

Vincent Ryan of Burleigh Heads developed the patented Beach Buddy "after a couple of incidents with my own children".

"The first was with my boy Kyarn who was seven at the time," Mr Ryan said.

"We were surfing at North Burleigh when I pushed him into a wave - he rode it then fell off and started to get dragged away from me so I grabbed the surfboard, which was attached to Kyarn by the leg rope.

"That got me thinking about a safety leash for kids."

Then while swimming with his daughter Sharli who was five at the time, "the most frightening" reason for the Beach Buddy's birth occurred.

"We went to North Burleigh for a swim and after putting sunscreen on her we went and played in the white water when she slipped away from me because I still had sunscreen on my hands," Mr Ryan said.

"She disappeared under the white water and as you may know when they are under white water it is near impossible to see them, but she surfaced a few meters away from me.

"So I put two and two together and designed the Beach Buddy."

He said the Buddy was made from quality polyurethane found in many surf products and featured neoprene padded wrist straps.

"The moulded horns mean no moving swivels to rust, seize or create weak points to break.," Mr Ryan said.

"The coiled design allows the Beach Buddy to expand and retract so this gives the child room to move around and explore all the while still being attached to mum or dad; this too gives mum or dad peace of mind.

"Mum or dad act as an anchor so it needs to be used under competent adult supervision."

The Buddy is available at the Currumbin Village Store and Currumbin Beach News, Mermaid Beach Turtle Beach Resort Fresh Convenience Store and Brunswick Heads Surf Shop.

Call 0431 447 866 for inquiries.



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