Story: Lifesaving and surfing

Lifesaving reel

Lifesaving reel

New Zealand lifesaving techniques and equipment have evolved, often in response to local conditions. One important development was the 1948 invention of the Ross Safety Belt, a canvas chest harness held together with a steel pin. The harness could be easily removed if the line it was attached to became snagged during a rescue. Later the steel pin was replaced by Velcro.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Lifesaving and surfing - Surf lifesaving develops', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006