Tathra Beach Will Be Patrolled To Summer’s End

Visitors to Tathra Beach on the state’s Far South Coast will once again be able to enjoy the benefits of a lifeguard patrolled beach on weekdays into February after local businesses united to fund an additional month of patrols for a third straight summer.

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) will provide a lifeguard service to patrol Tathra Beach for this additional period as they have in previous years with the highly professional lifeguards a welcome sight for tourists and locals alike.

Tathra Beach will now be the only beach from Mollymook through to the Victorian border that will be patrolled throughout February following the completion of summer contracts which saw eight Bega Valley beaches throughout December and January.

Having Tathra patrolled is a bonus for holidaying families and retirees who can take advantage of the safe patrolled beach and the local knowledge that the lifeguards will bring to the job during what promises to be a busy and hot end to summer.

Rob White from Tathra Beach House Apartments who spearheaded the inaugural campaign in 2015 is delighted that they were able to secure funding from the local business community believing it offers a point of difference to the region.

“As holiday accommodation providers the safety of our guests is something that we take seriously. Having that extra month of patrols is really important for our local community for not only safety reasons,” said Mr White.

“We often have a surge of tourists later in the summer especially retirees and young families, and having lifeguards on means that they can go to the beach safely when they might not previously have done so.

“I think this year this safety message needs to be constantly reinforced as we have seen the terrible drownings throughout NSW. Surf safety is something we are very conscious of and a message that we will continue to reinforce both to our guests and community.”

Local business organisations Bega Valley Motors, Big 4 Tathra Beach, Tathra Beachside, Tathra Beach House Apartments, and the Tathra Chamber of Commerce have all backed the campaign by donating significant funds to assist in the provision of the lifeguard service for an extra month, and have been involved since the beginning.

To highlight just how positive the move to extend the lifeguard service has become, there were an additional two businesses willing to come on board in 2017 with Tathra Bowling Club and the Bega Chamber of Commerce also contributing funds, while Ian Campbell from About Regional has been a strong supporter of promoting safety messages.

“The past few seasons have proved extremely successful in having additional lifeguard patrols for that extra month, and we are delighted that the business community have come aboard again this year,” said Australian Lifeguard Service NSW Manager Brent Manieri.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Tathra Beach and delivering a high quality of service during February,” Mr Manieri said.

Wed 11 Jan 2017