Grace Hamilton International Volunteer Lifeguard
My name is Grace Hamilton. I am in third year at Southern Cross University studying Nutrition and Complementary Medicine. I also work for the Australian Lifeguard Service as an ocean lifeguard and train and assess first aid for a national company. This January, I will be travelling to Chile, to spend three weeks training and educating locals to improve their first aid and rescue techniques.
I have been offered an incredible opportunity on the non-profit ‘2015 Chile Lifeguard Exchange program’ with the International Surf Lifesaving Association. I have the privilege of being the only Australian selected for this program and will be travelling with three other lifeguards from the United Kingdom and United States of America.
Our aim it to teach and learn new rescue techniques, educate locals on first aid and offer our services as lifeguards and trainers for the duration of the trip. The four of us are arranging any suitable equipment to take over to donate to the local communities. There is a large shortage of wetsuits for children, proper protective eyewear and other appropriate protective equipment. We will be visiting a lifeguard program that works with children in Valparaiso and is always in need of children’s wetsuits. Any old or donated appropriate equipment would be more then appreciated.
Although the wonderful Chile community and International Surf Lifesaving Association are assisting with some costs such as accommodation there are still out of pocket expenses that need to address these include flights, travel, food and any protective equipment for donations to the local communities. My proposal is that any monetary donations could me made to https://www.mycause.com.au/page/85683/internationalvolunteerlifeguard or to get in contact with myself through firstname.lastname@example.org that will assist with the cost of this non-profit Lifeguard volunteer program. Every contribution will be used entirely for the purpose of the 2015 Lifeguard Exchange Program.
My passion is first aid and water rescues. All my life I have grown up around the ocean. Volunteering with Surf lifesaving for over six years, volunteering to teach first aid through Surf Lifesaving Club and being a professional ocean lifeguard for five years. I want to educate everyone to eliminate fear when around water environments and have a better knowledge towards how to handle first aid situations.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope I will have a chance to talk with you soon.
ps.i have grown up in the tweed, lived in Crabbes ck till i was 14 and Kingscliff from the age of 14-18, now living in byron but still lifeguard for the tweed and byron shire.
any questions feel free to ask.