2020 SLSNZ Awards of Excellence Winners Booklet

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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.

SLS Kariaotahi is one of 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 of the Year for their use

of 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 of 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 of the standard PPE for night

operations and are a part of clubs’ Night Operations Kit.

Awards of Excellence

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