A word from the ceo

Some years back I was approached by the Le Clos family and their advisors to head the Chad le Clos Foundation. Chad le Clos wanted to make a difference in people’s lives here in South Africa. So we have worked on programmes that we are looking to launch, that include the very basics of water safety and survival swim programmes. This drive, this vision and Chad’s stated aims align very clearly with my own. It is an honour to be able to work with such a talent, such an amazing young man, such a positive force, and an inspiration to many South Africans!

CEO of the Chad le Clos Foundation
Julian Taylor

Born to Save Lives!

When I was 14 years old I saved my father’s life at Battery Beach…he had fallen off his paddle ski and was struggling…I didn’t realise it was my Dad at the time…I was body surfing…he was quite far out…and I swam out to rescue him…The look of sheer terror on his face as I approached him…and simultaneously realising it was my Dad still haunts me today. He grabbed me and dragged me down…he was trying to climb on top of me…to get air…he was a powerful man…I went down…and realised I had to get behind him…otherwise we would both drown…I came up behind him and locked my arm around his chest and neck… I have no idea what I screamed at him…either it worked or he was literally drowning in my arms…I finally….with help…got him to the beach…where I put him in a recovery position. All the Rescue Book stated was Taylor saves Taylor…We sort of laughed about it afterwards… but it was harrowing. Since that day drownings have stalked me like some sort of karmic burden. In Australia, in 1986 Craig Riddington and I saved a number of tourists’ lives at Manly… Riddo and I dived to the seabed to search for the victims… we found 2 in that sand filled turbulent rip some 6ft below the surface … finally, we were able to pull the tourists back to the beach and resuscitate them…the Manly “cart” was in full flow…we lost a young tourist but saved two lives that day…but the family was broken…completely!

Over the last 30 years, I have performed CPR on over 20 people, from a heart attack on the Manly Jetcat to one in Martin Place in the heart of beautiful Sydney. Miraculously every single person was brought back to life. Once in Mozambique, a young woman drowned in Ponta in the Bay… quietly she went down…not a word…her friends were shocked into silence…I fished her off the sea bed and resuscitated her there in that still corner of warm water … the worst was a mass rescue at Addington in 2001…where my fellow Ocean Warriors and I mass rescued 15 beach goers… all clinically dead.. face down in the mid-break when we got to them…we saved 12 that day…3 drowned. The beach had 15 bodies with 2 men performing CPR on each victim…spread over 200 m of the shoreline…the wail of sirens and flashing lights were all you could see and hear as the sunset on that traumatic afternoon.

People exposed to mass rescues and having to resuscitate and perform CPR are shocked and traumatized. For many these scenes do not diminish, they lurk and stay in your subconscious, always expecting it to occur again, making you sharp, hardened and vigilant, at all times.

Maybe it’s the broken beings, the anguished parents, and terrified children watching their beloved sister or Dad drown in front of them that creates the never-ending post-traumatic experience. I don t know, all I do know is that most drownings can be prevented!

Having lived and raced in Aussie for almost 10 years I realized that there are smarter ways to teach, more effective approaches. Along with the vast experience of over 40 years in the world of saving lives and racing around the world, I have met some of the sharpest minds.

We will be launching programs via the Chad le Clos Foundation in South Africa that are aimed at reducing drownings, increasing aquatic participation but most importantly allowing all South Africans to appreciate everything the water has to offer without being gripped with terrifying anxiety! From drowning in open pit toilets to flood-filled rivers our community needs our support desperately!

A few weeks ago we secured Section 18 A approval from the South African Revenue Services. This allows personal and corporate donations as tax deductions. We desperately need to get these programs going now…South Africa has one of the highest drowning statistics in the World. We have to reduce these stats and we can! We need funding though!

The first initiative is the 8 and 16 Midmar Mile Challenge at Midmar on 10/11 Feb 2022. A number of amazing young men and women, including myself, will be swimming 8 or 16 miles over the Day to raise funds for the Chad le Clos Foundation. I would like to raise R100 000, these funds will all go to survival swimming programs, education, and communication platforms.

If this has moved you and you wish to make a contribution, please consider donating to the Chad le Clos Foundation…please go to this link to fund my swim, https://kydrin.co.za/goals/1242 all proceeds will go to the Foundation. Otherwise, DM me so I can take you through the process. Your section 18 A Certificate will then be issued. Remember that the Aussie Dollar buys R12 and the USD buys R15 and the Stirling buys R20…well that’s today! So a few dollars and pounds go a long long way in Africa!

Trying to save a life is traumatic enough for the rescuer … but losing a loved one through drowning must be an unbearable weight to bear…come on let us make a difference…even if we help save one life…one little boy or a little girl that may be swept out to sea because they were not in a bathing area or they just simply did not know how to float!

So connect with us now and save a life! One Life One Love!

Julian Taylor
CEO Chad le Clos Foundation