Lifeguards To Resume Sydney Patrols

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) will be patrolling a diverse range of locations across Sydney when they ramp up their patrolling duties ahead of what is predicted to be a busy summer.

The summer holidays are traditionally the busiest time of the year for these professional lifeguards who are trained to handle and respond to any emergency situation.

Lifeguards have been patrolling beaches across Pittwater since September but are anticipating an influx of out-of-area visitors as people look to make the most of their Sydney break.

Following on a successful maiden season patrolling Lake Parramatta earlier in 2015, lifeguards will again be casting a watchful eye over water users from Saturday for the entire summer school holiday period. Lifeguards will patrol seven days a week from 9am to 6pm.

Two lifeguards will also be patrolling Garie Beach in Sydney’s Royal National Park from next Monday 21 December ensuring that help will be on hand for visitors to this unique location.

In addition local surf life saving clubs will be patrolling beaches throughout Sydney on weekends and public holidays providing total coverage to some of the city’s most popular coastal destinations.

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 the respective Councils for their commitment to the safety of all beach goers in the area.

“Our focus, like all our Council partners, is ensuring the safety of all beach goers in the area, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Council and delivering a high level of service to everyone who frequents beaches across Sydney.”

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

Lake Parramatta 19/12/15 – 26/01/16

Royal National Park

Garie Beach 21/12/15 – 22/01/16

Wattamolla 26/12/2016

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

Thu 17 Dec 2015