ALS Lifeguards Start Patrols

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has kicked off its annual summer patrol service this week, with Lifeguards patrolling some of the state’s busiest beaches during the next seven months including the Spring, Summer and Autumn school holidays.

As beachgoers flock back to the beaches this season the ALS is urging families to put safety first when planning a day at the beach.

“During the summer period many residents and holiday makers will be taking advantage of the great weather and heading to the beach, but it’s important they don’t lose sight of surf safety,” said Northern NSW Lifeguard Coordinator, Scott McCartney.

“The best way for people to stay safe on the beach this summer is to swim only at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags.”

Many NSW councils have realised the benefit of ensuring a total service provision, as the Australian Lifeguard Service integrates with Surf Life Saving’s volunteer patrol structure, state-wide support operations network, 24-hour emergency callout system and strategically located Westpac Rescue helicopter services.

Southern NSW Lifeguard Coordinator Phil Dunn, says that Lifeguards will once again be taking a proactive approach to beach safety with the aim of continually improving beach safety at ALS patrolled beaches.

“Some people don’t realise that the flagged areas of the beach are not only patrolled by trained lifeguards, they have also been identified as the safest places to swim.

“If you are ever unsure about the conditions, have a chat to one of the lifeguards on duty before entering the water and always try to swim with a friend where possible.”

“And always remember – if we can’t see you, we can’t save you,” said Mr Dunn.

Lifeguard services have commenced in Tweed, Ballina, Richmond, Clarence Valley, Bellingen, Kempsey, Great Lakes, Port Stephens and Pittwater Councils.

ALS Lifeguards will also commence patrols at Byron, Nambucca and Bega councils later in 2013.

Download the new Beachsafe for iPhone app, which gives you access to patrol locations and hours and real-time weather and surf conditions, anywhere along the coast this summer.

Visit www.beachsafe.org.au for all beach safety information.

Mon 23 Sep 2013