Greg Gurtata - The Full Story

My name is Greg and the reason that I stared nippers was because when my mum and dad suggested it to me it sounded really cool because I love going into the water. I started swimming in a pool when I was only a few months old. This led to some more serious swimming and by the time I was 5 that’s when mum and dad asked if I wanted to do nippers. I started all the way from the beginning in under 6’s. From the beginning I decided I wanted to do well in the water, and became quite good at water events. Not so much the beach events.  Now I’m in under 12’s and am learning to spot rips and currents and learn how to get out of rips. On the topic, a way to get out of a rip is you let it take you out to sea. Then the water will have to go back into the shore for the water to go back out. If the water doesn’t take you back in you swim across to where the red and yellow flags are. This is what we learnt at nippers. But if you’re smart you will learn to spot a rip and a way to spot a rip is to find where the water is going out. NEVER swim where there is a rip. About 80-90 people drown a year, many because of rips. Only 4% of Australian beaches are patrolled and you should only ever swim at patrolled beaches.  The good thing is 310 people are saved a year.

The Rescue

We had gone to Shelly Beach early on Australia day 2010. We had brought my surfboard so I could go surfing after we left Shelly Beach if I felt like it. We decided to go to North Curl Curl (luckily). I was surfing for about half an hour when I heard and saw 2 people in their mid- thirties that needed to be rescued. So I went over to them got them on my board then kicked and used my one arm to get them on to a wave and in to the shore. They were very, very, very grateful.

When I'm Older

When I’m older I would like to be a surf lifesaver and rescue people when they need rescuing because it is good to give back to the community. Also for my paid job I want to be a pilot or a policeman.