The Surf Life Saving National Awards of Excellence programme recognises the contribution of our amazing members from the grass roots of Surf Life Saving during the 2019/2020 season. Congratulations to all of our winners and award recipients.
Innovation <strong>of</strong> the Year SLS Kariaotahi
SLS Kariaotahi is one <strong>of</strong> only a few clubs nationally that can operate at night - and they can do it thanks to 3D printing. Night operations are extremely dangerous and can only be conducted by highly trained crews, operating under strict safety controls and where the risk is justified by the realistic potential to save life. SLS Kariaotahi win the DHL Innovation <strong>of</strong> the Year for their use <strong>of</strong> 3D printing to create a mount for navigation lights in an IRB - an issue that had caused headaches for years. The light is mounted above the engine cowling via a simple clip with the base attached to a standard GoPro surface mount, making it easy to attach and remove. Feedback from the Police Eagle helicopter crew after a rescue in May 2019 <strong>of</strong> three people was that the IRB was difficult to spot from the air at night. 3D printing again helped with the solution. A lightweight mount was designed to attach flashing lights to the crews’ helmets, again via a commercially available GoPro attachment. These lights and mounts are now part <strong>of</strong> the standard PPE for night operations and are a part <strong>of</strong> clubs’ Night Operations Kit. <strong>Awards</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Excellence</strong>