- Thursday 17 September 2009
School holidays are fast approaching and Sunshine Coast Council lifeguards are stepping up patrols to cater for the large crowds expected to flock to beaches.
Community Policy and Programs Portfolio holder Councillor Jenny McKay said lifeguards provided a vital service to the public through patrolling Sunshine Coast beaches
“It’s perfect weather to be outdoors and council lifeguards are expecting a busy time on our beaches during the holidays,” Cr McKay said.
“With the official lifesaving season now underway, council lifeguards will be extending their services to cater for the bigger crowds expected for the start of school holidays next week.”
Service Delivery Portfolio holder Councillor Paul Tatton urged the community and visitors to enjoy the beach in the safest possible way.
“There wasn’t a single drowning in between the flags on Coast beaches last year, and we’ll work hard to keep this great safety record going strong into the summer,” Cr Tatton said.
“Beach-goers should take care during the holidays and remember, no flags=no swim.”
Lifeguard Services Manager Scott Braby said the best way to cut the number of rescues on beaches was to be proactive in preventing them from happening in the first place.
“We provide as much information as we can to encourage people to use the beach safely, and if they show common sense and follow simple safety rules, everyone can have a good time and enjoy the water,” Mr Braby said.
Lifeguard patrol hours for the school holidays from 21 September to 2 October are:
Main beaches (school holidays)
Monday to Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm* (Sunshine Coast Council Lifeguards)
Weekends and public holidays (Surf Lifesaving Queensland)
Noosa, Sunshine, Peregian, Coolum, Marcoola, Mudjimba, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba, Kawana, Dickies, Kings and Bulcock (Royal Lifesaving).
Other locations (school holidays)
Seven days a week: 8:30am - 4:30pm* (Sunshine Coast Council Lifeguards)
Sunrise, North Peregian, North Coolum, Yaroomba, Hyatt, Discovery, Twin Waters, Mooloolaba Spit, Wurtulla, Currimundi and Golden.