- Wednesday 06 May 2009
Sunshine Coast beaches had a fatality-free summer swimming season thanks to the combined efforts of volunteer surf lifesavers and council’s professional lifeguards.
As local surf clubs this week packed away their red and yellow uniforms until next September, council’s lifeguards remained on duty.
Council provides a professional lifeguard service 365 days a year and will continue to patrol 13 of the Coast’s most popular beaches over the remainder of autumn and throughout the winter months.
Council’s Acting Lifeguard Services Manager Mick Taplin thanked the volunteer surf life savers for their work over an extremely busy season for surf rescues.
“We should all be thankful to the surf lifesaving volunteers on the Sunshine Coast who have vigilantly patrolled the Coast’s major beaches over the weekends and public holidays of summer,” he said.
“The community service ethic of volunteer lifesavers should never be undervalued."
Since September, council professional lifeguards have supervised more than 3.5 million people, performed over 800 rescues and carried out more than 50,000 preventative actions.
Over the coming autumn/winter months, Mr Taplin reminded beach goers that lifeguards – dressed in their distinctive blue and white uniforms – would continue to patrol the following beaches seven days a week: Kings Beach, Dicky Beach, Mooloolaba Spit, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Twin Waters, Mudjimba, Hyatt, Coolum, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach and Noosa.
“If you are unsure about whether your local beach is open, just contact the council to check on the beaches and times council lifeguards will be there,” he said.
“And remember to always swim between the red and yellow flags which indicate a supervised swimming area.
“Remember: No flags = no swim.”