Busy Lifeguarding Season For Clarence Valley

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has concluded its patrols for the 2013/2014 lifeguarding season which saw more than 123,000 people visit the seven ALS patrolled beaches in the Clarence Valley Shire.

While beach attendance was down 11% compared to last season, lifeguards were kept extremely busy with rescues up by 84% with 24 including 12 at Pippi Beach.

Despite the slight drop in attendance the region’s beaches remain very popular during the school holidays led by Turners Beach which had 27,328 visitors.

Lifeguards performed 96 first aid cases including a dislocated shoulder and a treatment for shock as well as 5,619 preventative actions. Preventative actions include instructing swimmers to move out of dangerous areas or ensuring they swim between the flags.

The ALS is the largest provider of professional lifeguard services in the country. ALS Lifeguard Services Coordinator Brent Manieri said the Clarence Valley Council was extremely supportive of the lifeguard service this season and praised lifeguards efforts.

“Once again the Australian Lifeguard Service has completed an extremely successful season where a wide variety of conditions were experienced by our Lifeguards. The professionalism that our Lifeguards continue to exhibit and the enthusiasm they show for the job means the public were vigilantly watched and provided with the highest service.

“It should be noted that Lifeguards volunteered their time on certain occasions to watch over large crowds of people, even when their shift had finished ensuring there were no incidents and the public were kept safe. It is this sort of dedication that makes working with our Lifeguards such a joy.

“Council has once again been very supportive this season and we look forward to further improving beach safety and working collaboratively with them leading into next season,” said Mr Manieri.

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.

Clarence Valley Council 2013/2014 Statistics:

  • Rescues - 24
  • Preventative actions – 5,619
  • First Aid - 96
  • Attendance – 123,377

Wed 21 May 2014