Lifeguard rookies prepare for a busy summer on the beaches
IN PREPARATION for a busy summer season, lifeguards are heading back to school for three days of theory and practical work.
The group of 35 lifeguards from across the North Coast have descended on Camp Drewe at Lennox Head to work on their fitness, conduct mock search and rescue operations and learn the policies and procedures they will need to keep the beaches safe.
Northern NSW Lifeguard coordinator, Scott McCartney said the camp was all about giving the rookies the skills and knowledge to be a good lifeguard as they prepare to start their summer patrol on some of the New South Wales' busiest beaches.
"Many of the new lifeguards come from a volunteer lifesaving patrol background, so part of the camp is teaching them the differences between that and being a professional," he said.
"For instance while they are used to being part of a patrol of up to eight members, as a lifeguard they may be patrolling a beach solo or with only one other person."
While the camp involves plenty of hard work, there will be some lighter moments, with time set aside in the evening for people to get to know each other.
"It's the first lifeguard gig for everyone, and they're really looking forward to the summer season," Mr McCartney said.
"They will gain a really strong theory base, and practical knowledge, and I am confident that they're going to have a positive impact on the beach this summer."