Lifeguards Sign Off On Successful Summer

Over 300 Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) have recently closed the books on another successful patrol season.

Throughout the 2015/16 season, Lifeguards patrolled over 80 locations which included beaches, pools and a lake demonstrating the breadth of knowledge and capacity the ALS can provide. Lifeguards patrolled from Tweed Shire in Northern NSW right through to the Bega Shire in Southern NSW.

The ALS continued to build on their hard-earned reputation of professionalism and trust whilst keeping a watchful eye on the state’s beaches and swimmers.

The 2015/16 season commenced for the lifeguard services across NSW back in September 2015 and continued right through to the end of April 2016. During this time lifeguards have performed 831 rescues, which was a slight increase on the 825 of 2014/15.

They have also enacted over 246,000 Preventative Actions and administered 6,417 First Aid treatments with the latter representing a 14% increase on last season’s figures.

There was a slight dip in overall attendance figures but with just under 4 million visits recorded this suggests that a visit to the beach still remains a popular pastime, and reinforces the need for Lifeguards to be vigilant whilst patrolling.

Pittwater was once again the most populous Council for beach attendance receiving over 800,000 visitors with the Port Stephens and Byron Bay areas also enjoying strong numbers. ALS NSW Manager Brent Manieri said it was a successful and rewarding season for the organisation with the year throwing up plenty of challenges for the team.

“There were a number of challenges throughout the year as there is every season but our lifeguards handled everything thrown at them with the highest degree of professionalism and conduct that the public has come to expect from the ALS,” he said.

Mr Manieri also said that one of the most pleasing aspects of the season was the continuing strengthening of relationships with councils and other contract partners, which included a number of key contract extensions over the last 12 months.

“These relationships are something we value highly and it is important that we all work to the common goal of keeping visitors to our beaches safe,” he concluded.

Although almost all contracts have concluded following the April NSW School Holiday Period, ALS lifeguards will continue to patrol Byron Bay’s Main Beach 7-days-a-week throughout the winter months.

Australian Lifeguard Service 2015/2016 Statistics:

• Rescues - 831
• Preventative actions – 246,831
• First Aid – 6,417
• Beach Attendance – 3,883,290

Wed 8 Jun 2016