SAFETY FIRST: Evans Head Surf Life Saving Club patrol members (from left) Teena Redman, Kirra Hartland, Paul Ellem, and Jeff Carpenter will be at the raising of the flags at the Lennox Head surf club on Sunday.
SAFETY FIRST: Evans Head Surf Life Saving Club patrol members (from left) Teena Redman, Kirra Hartland, Paul Ellem, and Jeff Carpenter will be at the raising of the flags at the Lennox Head surf club on Sunday. Doug Eaton

Swimming season starts with raising of flag on Sunday

THIS Sunday will see the first of the surf lifesaving flags go up at Lennox Head to mark the beginning of the swimming season.

There will be a ceremony at Lennox Head surf life saving club at 9am on Sunday to celebrate the warmer weather and the role of surf lifesavers.

There are more than 3,500 volunteer lifesavers patrolling beaches on Far North Coast.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast director of administration Debbie Pawsey said the Far North Coast is one of the most high risk areas to swim on the east coast of Australia.

"Because it can be so dangerous to swim here, it's very important that people know we'll be on the beach and if you're going to go for a swim make sure you swim between the flags," Mrs Pawsey said.

She also said the most important thing to remain safe in the sea is to take instructions from lifesavers, swim between the flags and read signage denoting conditions on the beaches.

"We've never lost a life on the Far North Coast when people swim between the flags," Mrs Pawsey said.

Surf Life Saving Far North Coast president and surf lifesaver Wilson Cregan said the role of volunteer surf lifesavers is becoming more important as our population increases and the weather gets hotter.

"If you're going to get your toes wet, at least look at the conditions and visualise what might happen if something went wrong," Mr Cregan said.

Volunteer surf lifesavers will be on the beach at Lennox Head from 9am until 4pm beginning Monday September 16.

All other patrols at beaches across the Far North Coast will begin on Sunday September 21.



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