Blake takes on new challenge
THERE might be a few lifesavers wondering what to do with their time, now the season has come to an end.
Blake Ison won't be one of them.
The 20-year-old, who was born blind, has dedicated 826 hours to his role as radio operator at Mooloolaba Beach this season.
He plans to use the off-season learning CPR - with help from a special friend.
Although he can't be certified in CPR, due to his disability, he is eager to learn.
"I wanted to learn CPR in case I come across someone who needs it," he said.
"I want to be able to give it to them the right way."
Training instructor and Mooloolaba's Jupiters Summer Surf Girl, Michelle Jacobson, has taken on the role of teaching him.
"He can't see his patient, so he needs to be able to find the correct spots by feel," she said.
"There is no reason he can't learn CPR.
"Regardless of who you are and your circumstances, surf life saving is open to anyone."
Miss Jacobson, 25, said Mr Ison was an inspiration and a dedicated volunteer.
The STEPS Group Australia employee said Mooloolaba SLSC accepted him into the club with open arms.
"I felt very welcomed by everyone," he said.