Record Season For Tweed Lifeguards

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has concluded its patrols for the 2013/2014 lifeguarding season which saw more than 273,000 people visit the ten ALS patrolled beaches in the Tweed Shire Council.

Lifeguards were kept extremely busy with beach attendance up by 9% on the previous season with rescues also increasing from 47 up to 105.

Salt Main Beach was the busiest beach with 71,006 people while the most rescues and first aid cases were at Duranbah with 41 and 27 respectively.

First aid treatment was down across the region by 64% which can partly be attributed to fewer bluebottles during summer. However there were still a number of serious incidents including four occasions where lifeguards performed CPR at Duranbah, Cabarita and Kingscliff (twice).

Lifeguards also performed 18,167 preventative actions. Preventative actions include instructing swimmers to move out of dangerous areas or ensuring they swim between the flags.

The ALS is the largest provider of professional lifeguard services in the country. ALS Lifeguard Services Coordinator Brent Manieri said the Tweed Shire Council was extremely supportive of the lifeguard service this season and praised lifeguards efforts.

“Once again the Australian Lifeguard Service has completed an extremely successful season where a wide variety of conditions were experienced by our Lifeguards. The professionalism that our Lifeguards continue to exhibit and the enthusiasm they show for the job means the public were vigilantly watched and provided with the highest service.

“It should be noted that Lifeguards volunteered their time on certain occasions to watch over large crowds of people, even when their shift had finished ensuring there were no incidents and the public were kept safe. It is this sort of dedication that makes working with our Lifeguards such a joy.

“Council has once again been very supportive this season and we look forward to further improving beach safety and working collaboratively with them leading into next season,” said Mr Manieri.

Many NSW councils have realised the benefit of ensuring a total service provision, as the Australian Lifeguard Service integrates with Surf Life Saving’s volunteer patrol structure, state-wide support operations network, 24-hour emergency callout system and strategically located Westpac Rescue helicopter services.

Tweed Shire Council 2013/2014 Statistics:

  • Rescues - 105
  • Preventative actions – 18,167
  • First Aid – 84
  • Attendance – 273,586

Thu 29 May 2014