Busy Season For Nambucca Lifeguards

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has concluded its patrols for the 2013/2014 life-guarding season which saw more than 36,000 people visit the three ALS patrolled beaches in Nambucca Shire Council.

While attendance for this summer season was slightly lower than the previous year, Nambucca’s beaches remain extremely popular in the summer holidays led by Scotts Head which had 22,859 visitors.

Despite the drop in beach attendance lifeguards were kept extremely busy performing more rescues this year (17 up from 2) which can be contributed to more large swell events over the corresponding summer period. One particular rescue of note occurred after patrol hours had concluded where the lifeguards rescued 7 people caught in a rip at Scotts Head.

Lifeguards also made 3,491 preventative actions which is a 77% increase on last year. Preventative actions include instructing swimmers to move out of dangerous areas or ensuring they swim between the flags.

First Aid cases were lower across the region with Lifeguards tending to 13 first aid treatments (down from 41) throughout the summer including a number of dislocations.

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

Nambucca Shire Council 2013/2014 Statistics:

  • Rescues - 17
  • Preventative actions – 3,491
  • First Aid - 13
  • Attendance – 36,366

Tue 6 May 2014