ALS Lifeguards Kick Off Their Patrol Season

ALS lifeguards have officially kicked off their annual patrol service for the summer season. Patrols commenced on Saturday 22 September 2012, and will run through to the end of April 2013.

Going into the school holiday period the Australian Lifeguard Service (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 Surf Life Saving NSW Operations Manager, Matt Rodwell.

“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.

“Some people don’t realise that the flagged areas of the beach are not only patrolled by trained lifeguards and lifesavers, 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 or lifesavers 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,” he said.

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. Surf Lifesavers will also patrol the beaches on the weekend.

Visit BeachSafe for all beach safety information.

Mon 24 Sep 2012