Lifeguards Gear Up For New Season

The new Surf Life Saving NSW Northern Operations Centre at Port Macquarie will be put through its paces on Friday as Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) Supervisors from around the state gather for the 2015/16 pre-season induction.

Officially opened in late June, the multi-purpose building provides a secure facility from which lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers can train, store and maintain vital lifesaving and rescue equipment, while also delivering first aid and CPR training to the community.

Friday’s induction is the first time ALS personnel have used the new facility, and the building’s modernity and central location have already impressed lifeguards.

“Port Macquarie is ideally located for our team members to attend, and this new building is certainly well equipped to meet all our needs,” ALS NSW Lifeguard Operations Coordinator Oliver Munson said.

“Induction day is obviously one of the season’s busiest days and it is an important process for our supervisors ahead of what promises to be another busy year on our beaches. As we move deeper into spring the warmer weather is going to encourage people to visit our state’s many picturesque beaches and we certainly want to be prepared to do our job which is to keep people safe.”

Lifeguard Supervisors from Tweed Heads to Bega will be in attendance for the annual induction.

“It’s an opportunity for lifeguards to be inducted into the new season procedures, undertake fitness testing, hand out all the equipment and organise all the paper work for the new season.

"Lifeguard Supervisors rarely get the chance to meet those from outside their area so there will certainly be a lot of knowledge and experiences shared in that room,” Mr Munson concluded.

In coming week’s lifeguards in other Council areas will conduct their annual proficiency and induction days where the Supervisors will put the lessons learned in Port Macquarie to good use.

During the 2015/16 season ALS Lifeguards will patrol 84 beaches, 2 resorts, and one lake throughout NSW.

Throughout the September school holidays lifeguards will be on duty in the following Local Government Areas;

  • Tweed Shire
  • Byron Shire
  • Ballina Shire
  • Richmond Valley
  • Clarence Valley
  • Bellingen Valley
  • Kempsey Shire
  • Great Lakes
  • Port Stephens
  • Pittwater

Additional contracts will commence later this year.

Thu 10 Sep 2015