Lifeguards Predict Busy Summer

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) will shortly be resuming patrol at beaches across the North and Mid North Coast ahead of what is anticipated to be a busy summer.

Beaches across Kempsey, Bellingen and Nambucca have long been known as tourist hot spots, and with school holidays officially getting underway from today, hundreds of visitors are expected to descend on the region.

In Bellingen Shire, lifeguards will be patrolling North Beach and Hungry Head from Saturday 19 December, while in Nambucca lifeguards will stationed at Valla for seven-days-a-week patrol from this Saturday, and at Nambucca and Scott’s Head (both five days) from Monday 21 December.

Kempsey Shire’s Grassy Head, South West Rocks (Horseshoe Bay), South West Rocks, Hat Head, and Kempsey/Crescent Head will all have lifeguards over the busy summer season.

Local surf life saving clubs will also be on patrol on weekends and public holidays ensuring that there will be plenty of help on hand should it be required by anyone getting into difficulty in the water.

ALS NSW Manager Brent Manieri said lifeguards are looking forward to resuming their patrol duties after performing strongly in their annual proficiency tests.

“We are at the stage of the season now where all the testing is complete and everyone is just really looking forward to putting their skills into practice.

“This year we will be continuing to emphasise preventative actions on the part of our lifeguards to ensure that potentially dangerous situations are dealt with before they escalate. This could include such actions as encouraging swimmers to swim between the flags and identifying hazards that could impact on beachgoers safety,” Mr Manieri said.

He also praised all three Councils for their commitment to the safety of all beach goers in the region.

“Our focus, like all Councils, is ensuring the safety of all beach goers in the area, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with both Councils and delivering a high level of service to both locals and visitors to Bellingen, Nambucca and Kempsey this summer.

Lifeguards from the ALS will be on patrol at the following beaches throughout the summer;

North Beach
19/12/15 – 26/01/16
Hungry Head
19/12/15 – 26/01/16
Valla Beach
19/12/15 – 27/01/16
21/12/15 – 25/01/16
Scott's Head
21/12/15 – 25/01/16
Grassy Head 19/12/15 – 26/01/16
South West Rocks (Horseshoe Bay)
19/12/16 – 26/01/15
South West Rocks
21/12/15 – 25/01/16
Hat Head
21/12/15 – 25/01/16
Kempsey / Crescent Head
21/12/15 – 25/01/16

For a full list of patrolled beaches and times please visit the BeachSafe Website

Thu 17 Dec 2015