INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club has a high flyer amongst its membership in more ways than one.
Max Leonard has just been announced as the club’s January Patroller of the Month.
This monthly award, proudly sponsored by Vela Nine at Inverloch, goes to a patroller who has given additional time and effort to the club.
“Max is a fantastic leader in our club and his work behind the scenes has been essential in helping our club grow and to ensure that our patrolling standards have remained high,” Club Captain Tarryn Thom said.
“As our First Aid Officer, Max has worked incredibly hard to improve the organisation of our first aid gear and to ensure that we always have the right equipment on hand when needed.
“Max is also a Patrol Captain and has done a fantastic job in this role.
“Max is always one of the first to volunteer if something needs to be done around the club, from helping out patrols, to fixing gear and volunteering to provide first aid at different events.”
At 18 years of age, Max is also the youngest ever crew member of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.
This position again is a volunteer role and due to the training involved a minimum commitment of three years is expected from members.
The helicopter is based at Moorabbin airport and patrols during the summer season along the coastline from Waratah Bay to Apollo Bay.
The helicopter can be tasked to incidents such as shark patrols, static line rescues, search and rescue of lost swimmers, missing boats and fishermen in distress as well as providing support in inland emergencies.