Clarence Valley Lifeguards Sign Off Summer Patrol

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) have signed off after another busy summer patrolling the beaches of The Clarence.

Throughout the summer Lifeguards kept watch over seven beaches throughout the popular tourist region. Over 110,000 beach visitations were recorded over that time with Yamba’s Main Beach (30,000) recording the most visitors followed by Turners Beach and Brooms Head.

A key priority for Lifeguards was a continuing emphasis on preventative actions which was again reinforced in their pre-season training. The purpose of this training was to ensure that Lifeguards were aware of the need to constantly monitor their surroundings so that that they could intervene in situations before they escalated to the point that a rescue was required.

Some common incidents that necessitated preventative actions included reminding swimmers to swimmers to swim in the flagged area, being aware of tidal changes and the presence of rip currents.

In total Lifeguards reported carrying out in excess of 8,000 preventative actions, a slight increase on the 2014/15 figures.

There were 47 occasions where a rescue needed to be effected in comparison to the 23 carried out by Lifeguards last season. Almost half of the reported rescues occurred at Turners Beach and Minnie Water Beach.

Lifeguards also had to put their medical knowledge to good use throughout the season providing initial on-scene care in situations ranging from fractures and suspected spinal injuries, through to providing oxygen therapy to help revive and stablise patients. There were 153 instances of this medical intervention in 2015/16 which compares to the 158 first aid treatments required last season.

“It’s been a highly successful summer for our Lifeguards who have continued to enhance their reputation for professionalism and high standards of care across the Clarence Valley,” ALS Northern NSW Coordinator Scott McCartney said.

Mr McCartney praised Clarence Valley Council for their ongoing support of ALS Lifeguards. “It makes our jobs a lot easier when we have a Council committed to ensuring water and beach safety remains a top priority, and we look forward to continuing growing this important relationship into the future,” he concluded.

Beachgoers throughout the winter months are advised to visit www.beachsafe.org.au for a list of patrolled locations, access to weather updates, and handy tips to help you plan your visit to the coast. It is also available to download as an app.

Clarence Valley Council 2014/2015 Statistics:

  • Rescues - 47
  • Preventative Actions - 8,385
  • First Aid - 153
  • Attendance: 114,437

Wed 8 Jun 2016