Working with BCF is always a guaranteed laugh. However looking after the crew and talent on the water isn’t. In this particular campaign many water based stunts were performed for the production meaning the hazards and risks were amplified. Proguarding supplied a boat and operator as well as one lifeguard for the two day shoot.
Sail GP is a new global sports series that is redefining the sport of sailing, featuring advanced cutting edge technology and athleticism. With speeds of over 50 knots and boats that are engineered to be identical the racing is super close with heart stopping racing giving fans an amazing on board experience.
Our Commercial Diving Team were engaged to provide support in the event of any incidents on the water including collision, capsize and underwater entrapment - which gave the athletes more confidence to do what they do best!
Even when hiring a World Champion surfer, SunSuper still needed to provide a professional standard of Water Safety to look after him and the rest of the production crew! While Mick doing what he does best, ProGuarding were there to keep an eye on everyone while they were in the water!
Logistically this was the biggest job that Pro Guarding has been involved in. Not only were we called upon for our Water Safety and Paramedical services but we were heavily involved in scouting for locations with the help of local abalone divers that we had used on previous jobs. Using GPS and depth sounding equipment to locate a reef to anchor the submerged sailing boat to was very challenging due to the extreme weather and surf conditions. Once we had the location locked down and managed, it was Pro Guarding’s job to keep in close contact with the production company by providing up to date weather and surf forecasting reports leading in to the shoot. This unique job also required us to work very closely with emergency services including local Marine Rescue as well as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
SuperFoiler brings together aerodynamics and hydrodynamic excellence to create the fastest foil-borne machine of its size on the planet. With speeds on the water of 45knots and the real risk of collision in the race environment the dangers to the crew are obvious and Proguarding were required to provide water safety and paramedical support at each of the events last year. Our Jetski’s were a huge asset to us in keeping up with these awesome speed machines!
When Pro Guarding was assigned to this job we knew we were up for a challenge. Lets face it a formula one car rigged on to a large surf board and being towed behind a jet ski in the ocean was a recipe for disaster. But with an experienced stunt co ordinator and our team of skilled ocean operators the seemingly impossible became possible.
Pro Guarding also assisted the production company with up to date surf and weather forecasting both on the preparation day and shoot day.
For this unique TV Commercial job we supplied 2 Lifeguards, 1 Jetski and 1 Media Boat and Operator.
Having worked with director, Justin McMillan on a number of jobs in the past, Pro Guarding was the only choice when it came to water safety for both the on-camera and off-camera crew for the Holden Trailblazer commercial shot on Sydney’s northern beaches.
From day one, Pro Guarding was on the scene working side-by-side with stuntmen, co-ordinators, and the production crew to assure the safety of everyone involved in some high risk stunts. With rescue swimmers in the water, two water safety boats and one boat for the camera, the crew got the shots they needed under the watchful eyes of our top notch team.
Storm Surfers is a documentary that was filmed over a duration of 5 years which showcased big wave legends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones chasing huge ocean swells all around the world. Proguarding took on a considerable challenge and delivered in keeping everyone involved in the production safe from the dangers of the huge waves and also the extreme weather situations that were encountered along the way.
“Storm Surfers have used the team from Pro Guarding for the last six seasons. I’ve taken these guys to the most extreme locations in the southern ocean and asked them to keep the Storm Surfers team safe and they’ve never let us down. Pro Guarding have a strict safety plan in place for each location we visit to ensure everyone comes back in one piece. I have no hesitations recommending them for any water safety or life-guarding position. The guys from Pro Guarding are some of the best watermen on the planet.” – Justin McMillan (Co-Director Storm Surfers)