Surf Life Saving Queensland praise 'great effort' of CPR surfer

Surf Life Saving Queensland has praised the "great effort" of a surfer who performed CPR off-shore and said it showed that any attempt at resuscitation was better than nothing.

On Wednesday morning at Currumbin Alley a "brave" surfer pulled an unconscious boardrider onto his surfboard and performed CPR, saving the man's life.

Ken Clark, operations manager of the Australian Lifesaving Academy Queensland, said the anonymous surfer's actions were "fantastic".

"(If) he had not done that, the outcome would have been completely different I'd imagine," he said.

Mr Clark said it also showed that it was not always important to perform chest compressions on a rigid floor.

"Any attempt is better than no attempt," he said.

"The sheer fact he was able to do that is what saved the guys life."

Performing CPR on the water was not new, however; Mr Clark said surf life savers have to practice those skills regularly.

"To become a life saver you have to learn to pull unconscious people up onto your board and resuscitate them," he said.

"So Australia-wide, that's what surf life savers practice before they can go onto the beach and be active patrolling members."

Surf life savers could not always parol beaches, so Mr Clark said it was vitally important for all surfers and members of the public to learn how to resuscitate.

"We teach our lifesavers to ... give a couple of breaths when you first get them out there because if it's drowning it's those breaths they need," he said.

"And their heart's obviously still working in that case, but not for long. So it needs that immediate bystander CPR.

"Any CPR that's given by a bystander ... has far better outcomes than if we were to wait for an ambulance or any medical team."

Mr Clark highlighted a program in Seattle that educated citizens and increased bystander CPR rates, and subsequently improved the city's CPR survival rate by 22 per cent over seven years.

"In Australia, our overall survival rate is still under 10 per cent, and that's because the majority of our population don't get involved or they don't do anything until and ambulance arrives," he said.

"(But) that initial bystander CPR is going to give us the best outcomes."

Mr Clark said their goal of zero deaths in public waters could be achieved with more help from the public.

"We can't be there everyday rescuing people, so we want to educate the entire population how to do CPR because ... if the public learn CPR, then we get closer and closer to our vision," he said.

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