Lifeguards Return To NSW Beaches

Beachgoers looking to take advantage of a warm start to spring will be able to enjoy a swim at a patrolled beach thanks to the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) who will shortly be resuming patrols at beaches around NSW.

Lifeguards will be fulfilling a wide range of contracts with operating times and patrolled locations dependent on each council’s requirements. Most lifeguards will be on patrol on weekdays from early-morning, providing a valuable service for members and visitors of each community.

It’s been a busy off-season for the ALS who recently acquired the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Professional Lifeguard contract for the next five years. This now means that ALS Lifeguards are patrolling all council areas, with the exception of Coffs Harbour, between the Tweed Shire and Port Stephens, which allows consistency and standardisation of service that had not previously been possible.

Lifeguards have finished their annual proficiency tests with all recruits demonstrating an exceptional level of fitness, a passion for the ocean and many showing their seasons of experience in the ocean.

ALS NSW Lifeguard Manager Brent Manieri said one of the key roles lifeguards need to master is to communicate with the public.

“At the ALS we pride ourselves on delivering a positive and safe beach experience for the public regardless of whether they are a local or a visitor. Over the years we have built strong relationships with each Council, and we want to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy their time in the ocean environment,” Mr Manieri said.

“As part of this, we place an emphasis on preventative actions and our interaction with beachgoers. Our lifeguards are always monitoring their surroundings and providing advice on conditions to ensure that a situation doesn’t escalate to the point a rescue is required.

“When you are on holiday at a beach you might only visit a few times a year, it’s therefore important that you have peace of mind that there is someone who knows the environment watching over you and your family. That is why we strongly urge your guests to make that extra effort and swim at a patrolled location,” he concluded.

The ALS will be patrolling the following beaches throughout NSW during the September/October school holiday period.

Tweed

• Duranbah/Flagstaff (from 24/09/16)
• Fingal (from 26/09/16)
• Cudgen/Kingscliff (from 26/09/16)
• Salt (from 26/09/16)
• Casuarina (from 24/09/16)
• Cabarita (from 26/09/16)
• Hastings (from 24/09/16)
• Pottsvile (North) (from 24/09/16)
• Mooball (Pottsville South) (from 24/09/16)

Ballina

• Lennox Head (Seven Mile) (from 21/09/16)
• Sharps (from 24/09/16)
• Shelly (from 24/09/16)
• Lighthouse (from 26/09)

Byron Bay

• Brunswick Heads (from 26/09/16)
• First Sun (from 24/09/16)
• Main Beach Byron (from 24/09/16)
• The Pass (from 1/10/16 – 3/10/16)
• Wategos (from 1/10/16 – 3/10/16)
• Tallows (from 1/10/16 – 3/10/16)

Richmond Valley

• Evans Head (from 26/09/16)

Clarence Valley

• Main Beach Yamba (from 17/09/16)

Bellingen

• North Beach (from 24/09/16)
• Hungry Head (from 24/09/16)

Kempsey

• Grassy Head (from 24/09/16)
• South West Rocks/Horseshoe Bay (from 24/09/16)
• South West Rocks (from 26/09/16) • Hat Head (from 26/09/16) • Kempsey / Crescent Head (from 26/09/16)

Port Macquarie – Hastings

• Town Beach (from 24/09/16)
• Flynns Beach (from 26/09/16)
• Lighthouse Beach (from 26/09/16)
• Lake Cathie (from 24/09/16)
• Rainbow Beach (from 26/09/16)
• Camden Haven (from 26/09/16)

Mid Coast Council

• Forster Main (from 26/09/16)
• Cape Hawke/One Mile (from 26/09/16)
• Pacific Palms/Elizabeth Beach (from 26/09/16)
• Hawks Nest-Tea Gardens (from 26/09/16)

Port Stephens

• Fingal (from 26/09/16)
• One Mile (from 24/09/16)
• Birubi Point (from 26/09/16)

Fri 23 Sep 2016