Busy Summer Predicted For Southern Lifeguards

Sporting their distinctive red uniform, lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) will be hard to miss on beaches across Shoalhaven and the Bega Valley when they resume patrolling duties later this month. However, before they reach that point they will be put through their paces to ensure they enter the summer season in peak physical condition.

Ahead of what promises to be a busy summer watching over beachgoers, the ALS lifeguards will undertake their official testing days this weekend.

On Saturday Far South Coast ALS recruits will be at Pambula where they will undertake a gruelling testing session including a rigorous pool session before hitting the beach for further fitness and rescue scenario training exercises.

Lifeguards charged with patrolling Shoalhaven this summer will have their testing session on Sunday.

The weekend’s activities are designed to not only test their fitness and conditioning levels but also refresh their knowledge on procedures and policies before returning to duty.

Keeping beachgoers safe is a responsibility that all lifeguards take seriously.

ALS Operations Coordinator Oliver Munson who will be assisting on the day believes the training session is an important milestone for all lifeguards.

“ALS lifeguards are very professional, they know the high standards we expect of them and have worked diligently throughout the year to ensure that they reach them,” Mr Munson said.

“These training and testing sessions are extremely important for everyone involved in the ALS as they are not only a great opportunity to build team spirit, but also the chance to see where their fitness and skills are at ahead of the season,” he concluded.

Tips For Keeping Safe At The Beach

• Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website
• Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information
• Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water
• Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm
• In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police
• Don’t forget to be sun safe by remembering to: Slip on some protective clothing, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on a pair of sunglasses, Seek some shade and Sip on lots of water to stay hydrated
• For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or Download the App

Fri 9 Dec 2016