Busy Lifeguarding Season For Kempsey Shire

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has concluded its patrols for the 2013/2014 life-guarding season which saw more than 265,000 people visit the five ALS patrolled beaches in the Kempsey Shire.

While attendances remained steady the region’s beaches remain extremely popular during the school holidays led by Horseshoe Bay which had 92,239 visitors.

Statistics this year highlighted lifeguards’ proactive nature with rescues lower across the region while preventative actions were higher compared to last season.

Lifeguards were kept busy performing 29 rescues this year, treating 207 first aid cases and performing 10,460 preventative actions. Preventative actions include instructing swimmers to move out of dangerous areas or ensuring they swim between the flags.

While Horseshoe Bay was the region’s busiest beach, Grassy Head recorded the most rescues with 12 for the season.

The ALS is the largest provider of professional lifeguard services in the country. ALS Lifeguard Services Coordinator Brent Manieri said the Kempsey Shire 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.

Kempsey Shire Council 2013/2014 Statistics:

  • Rescues - 29
  • Preventative actions – 10,460
  • First Aid - 207
  • Attendance – 265,830

Wed 21 May 2014