Lifesavers have a break while lifeguards ramp up services
  • Friday 04 May 2012

Sunshine Coast Surf Lifesavers will have a well earned break as the Surf Lifesaving Season comes to a close at the end of this long weekend but surf safety services and behaviour are not to take a dive.

Sunshine Coast Council Lifeguard Services Manager, Scott Braby said volunteer lifesavers would have a break from weekend duties and commence again at the beginning of the school holidays in mid September.

"Local beach goers and visitors can rest assured that while volunteer lifesavers are resting up and recharging for next season, there will still be a high level of service across the Coast," he said.

"From next week, council's Lifeguard Service will step up and patrol the 13 major locations seven days per week throughout the winter period.

"In addition to these winter patrols, further lifeguard service increases will include weekend and public holiday patrols at an extra four beaches: Bulcock Beach Caloundra, Kawana, Discovery and Marcoola Beaches."

Mr Braby said Sunshine Coast beaches were still popular during the winter period.

"With generally favourable weather and surf conditions here on the Coast we still see many visitors from southern parts of Australia and overseas flocking to enjoy our beautiful beaches," he said.

The same important surf safety messages apply regardless of the time of year:

  • Swim only at a beach patrolled by council lifeguards or volunteer lifesavers
  • No matter how safe the conditions may seem, swim only between the red and yellow flags
  • Read and obey signs and directions from lifeguards and lifesavers
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Be aware of your limitations
  • Do not swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs