The beaches that will be patrolled by lifeguards this summer

LIFEGUARDS from the Australian Lifeguard Service will shortly resume patrols on beaches across the Northern Rivers coinciding with the annual influx of tourists looking to make the most of a coastal Christmas break.

Byron Shire Council's decision to provide lifeguards throughout the winter two seasons ago continues to be widely applauded by locals and tourists alike as they take advantage of the mild weather and can continue with their coastal activities under the watchful eyes of a professional lifeguard patrol.

The 8 remaining beaches across the shire - South Golden, Brunswick Heads, First Sun, The Pass, Wategos, Tallows, Suffolk Park and Broken Head will all resume patrols from Wednesday December 21.

With the exception of Main Beach and Brunswick Heads all patrols will be a seven-day-a-week service.

In Ballina, lifeguards have been patrolling Lennox Head (Seven Mile Beach) since late September while the other three locations at Sharpes, Shelly and Lighthouse Beach also come online from Monday December 19.

Meanwhile in Richmond Valley, lifeguards will be patrolling Evans Head between Monday and Friday from Wednesday December 21 until January 27.

Additionally volunteer surf lifesavers will be patrolling on weekends and public holidays ensuring that there will be plenty of eyes on the water throughout the summer.

ALS Northern Coordinator Scott McCartney said lifeguards are looking forward to resuming their patrol duties after performing strongly in their annual proficiency tests.

"We are at the stage of the season now where all the testing is complete and everyone is just really looking forward to putting their skills into practice," Mr McCartney said.

"This year we will be continuing to emphasise preventative actions on the part of our lifeguards to ensure that potentially dangerous situations are dealt with before they escalate.

"This could include such actions as encouraging swimmers to swim between the flags and identifying hazards that could impact on beachgoers safety."

He also praised the three Councils for their commitment to the safety of all beach goers in the area.

Lifeguards will be patrolling the following Far North Coast Beaches this summer:

Byron Shire Council

  • South Golden 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)
  • Brunswick Heads 21/12/16 to 27/01/17 (5 days)
  • First Sun 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)
  • Main Beach Byron (ongoing)
  • The Pass 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)
  • Wategos 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)
  • Tallows 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)
  • Suffolk Park 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)
  • Broken Head 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)

Ballina Shire Council

  • Lennox Head (Seven Mile) 26/09/16 to 24/04/17 (5 days)
  • Sharps 19/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)
  • Shelly 19/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)
  • Lighthouse 19/12/16 to 27/01/17 (5 days)

Richmond Valley Council

  • Evans Head 21/12/16 to 27/01/17 (5 days)

For a full list of beaches and patrol times please visit the BeachSafe Website.



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