ON GUARD: Yamba lifeguards Tom Doherty and Kealy Day keep a keen eye on the swimmers and board riders at Turners Beach, after a number of rescues in the past two weeks.
ON GUARD: Yamba lifeguards Tom Doherty and Kealy Day keep a keen eye on the swimmers and board riders at Turners Beach, after a number of rescues in the past two weeks. Clair Morton

Summer patrols to greet start of school holidays

CLARENCE Valley lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) are counting down the days until they return to the beaches ahead of what they are anticipating will be another busy summer.

The Clarence area has long been a favourite destination for holiday makers looking to make the most of a summer break, and with hot conditions making an early presence throughout December it is clear that heading to the beach will prove to be a popular way to beat the heat.

Throughout the summer lifeguards will be patrolling Iluka, Turners, Yamba Main, Pippies, Brooms Head, Minnie Water, and Wooli. With the exception of Minnie Water and Yamba Main which are Monday-Friday services, all other beaches will be patrolled seven-days a week by lifeguards.

Additionally volunteer lifesavers at the local surf life saving clubs will be patrolling on weekends and public holidays ensuring that there will be plenty of trained eyes on the waters off the Clarence Coast.

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

"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," Mr McCartney said.

He also praised Clarence Valley Council for their commitment to the safety of all beach goers in the area.

"Our focus, like Council, is ensuring the safety of all beach goers in the area, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Council and delivering a high level of service to everyone who spends time at one of the beaches throughout the Clarence region," he concluded.

Lifeguards will patrol the following beaches throughout the Clarence Valley this summer;

. Iluka 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)

. Turners 9/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)

. Main Beach Yamba 9/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)

. Pippies 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)

. Brooms Head 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)

. Minnie Water 21/12/16 to 27/01/17 (5 days)

. Wooli 21/12/16 to 29/01/17 (7 days)



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