Surf patrols ready to save lives
THE welcome sight of surf lifesavers and red and yellow flags will greet beach-goers this weekend - signalling the start of summer patrol season.
Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Branch director Ben Redman said volunteers will be ready to save lives, patrolling beaches from Yamba to Fingal.
After last year's relatively quiet summer, when lifesavers performed 146 rescues on Far North Coast beaches, Mr Redman said this season was expected to be busy. He said during the busy 2011/2012 patrol season 277 rescues were performed.
"Rescues were down last year because of the inclement weather we had and the beach popu- lation just wasn't there," he said.
"This year the weather is looking pretty good so we should be in for a good season."
In the current multimedia world, Mr Redman said people can check conditions before heading down to the beach by downloading the beachsafe app.
"Beachsafe.org.au gives you all the patrol dates, times and where the patrols are."
"It also tells users the current beach conditions and if the beach is patrolled."
Patrols will run on most beaches from 9am till 4pm until Anzac Day on all beaches, with some patrols continuing into May.
Mr Redman said Surf Life Saving Far North Coast had a membership of more than 4000, with an active patrolling membership of about 1300 members.
Beach safety tips
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags
- Read any warning signs before entering the water
- Ask a lifeguard for safety advice
- Swim with a friend
- If you need help in the water stay calm and raise your hand to attract attention
GET INVOLVED: If you are interested in getting involved in surf patrols visit your local surf club or slsfnc.com.au.