Huge Beach Crowds For Pittwater Lifeguards

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has concluded its patrols for the 2013/2014 September-April lifeguarding season which saw more than a million people visit the nine ALS patrolled beaches in Pittwater Council.

Lifeguards were kept extremely busy this season with beach attendance up by 15% compared to last season and 32% to the season before that.

Palm Beach led the way with 253,839 when combined with North Palm Beach’s patrolled area while Newport was next on 155,736.

Despite the rise in attendance this season both first aid and rescues were down on last year. Lifeguards performed 177 rescues down from 178 and treated 2281 first aid cases down from 2738. Some first aid cases included seven dislocations, 42 major marine stings, four spinal injuries and three para-glider injuries resulting from crashes.

Palm Beach recorded the most rescues with 58 while Avalon Beach had the most first aid treatments with 496.

Lifeguards also performed 49,479 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 Pittwater 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.

Pittwater Council 2013/2014 Statistics:

  • Rescues - 177
  • Preventative actions – 49,479
  • First Aid – 2,281
  • Attendance – 1,006,377

Mon 26 May 2014