LIFEGUARDS have been kept busy at Byron Bay's Main Beach throughout the first fulltime winter patrol for the area.
Over 200,000 people attended Main Beach during the "winter" period from late-April to mid-September - averaging out to around 1,400 people each day.
Lifeguards were stationed on the beach between 9am-5pm, seven days a week with their priority ensuring the safety of all visitors regardless of whether they were swimming, surfing, using the sand for recreational activities or boating in the area, the Australian Lifeguard Service said.
Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson welcomed the positive report on winter beach patrols and recreation.
"Our locals have a strong attachment to the water, with many generations having grownup learning to swim and surf at Main Beach," Cr Richardson said.
"Plus our renowned Byron Bay beach is a must visit place for many visitors who travel the globe.
"The local lifeguards on the beach are great ambassadors for our area and being able to provide a safe environment, is a key Council service that we proudly fund," he said.
During winter on Byron's Main Beach there were 11,143 preventive actions taken by lifeguards with 10 rescues conducted, the ALS have revealed.
Lifeguards were also called upon 38 times to use their first aid training treating everything from marine stings, fractures, and suspected spinal injuries through to administering oxygen therapy.
ALS NSW Manager Brent Manieri said the professionalism of the lifeguards inspired confidence, and thanked Council for their commitment to safeguarding the community.
"We were entering the unknown a little bit as we had never delivered a fulltime winter contract in the Byron Bay area before but the community responded positively," Mr Manieri said.
"The ALS has a strong relationship with Council and they deserve credit for their willingness to embrace this service and protect both the local community and visitors to Byron Shire."
"Our Lifeguards across the state have a reputation for professionalism and doing everything possible to ensure we deliver a positive service and experience for everyone.
"It is something that we are obviously very proud of and I am delighted with the successful winter service."
Byron Bay Winter Statistics 2015:
- Rescues - 10
- Preventative Actions - 11,143
- First Aid - 38
- Beach Attendance - 206,552