Lifeguards To Patrol Mollymook Over Holidays

Beachgoers looking to make the most of their time in the picturesque Shoalhaven region these school holidays will be able to swim at a patrolled beach following the extension of lifeguard services at South Mollymook.

Lifeguards will be on patrol at South Mollymook Beach between 10am and 4pm on weekdays throughout the holidays while volunteer lifesavers from Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club will continue to patrol on weekends and public holidays.

This initiative is only possible after a group of local community oriented businesses got together to help provide the funds for the extended patrolling hours.

Bannisters, Mollymook Golf Club, Milton Ulladulla Ex-Servos Club and Akwa Surf all contributed to ensure that the lifeguards would be in place in time for the start of the school holidays which begin from Friday 3 April.

Local resident David Johnson led the push for local businesses to become involved, believing extending the patrolling hours would prove a boon for the region.

“I think that the decision to put in place lifeguards during the Easter Holiday period highlights the importance of Mollymook Beach to our region both in an economic and community sense,” Mr Johnson said.

“These businesses have made the commitment to supporting safety for everyone’s benefit, and hopefully everyone who enjoys this beach over the break can do their bit by supporting them as well.”

“We are extremely fortunate that the local business community has embraced this idea with open arms, and we are delighted with their support.”

Shoalhaven Lifeguard Supervisor Ken Walsh said the additional lifeguard hours is a win for both tourists and locals alike.

“It’s fantastic for the local community to know that there’s going to be additional eyes on them during the Easter Holidays. The lifeguards are extremely well trained, and quickly identify any potential hazards.

“The fact that they will be familiar with the conditions of the local area, the weather patterns, and the tides is a huge advantage as they will be able to share this experience with tourists,” Mr Walsh said.

“Hopefully we will continue to get good weather over the holidays and everyone can take advantage of this decision and enjoy the beach safely for a little longer.”

Volunteer lifesavers from Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club will continue their regular patrols until the end of the season on Sunday 26 April.

Wed 1 Apr 2015