TWENTY-eight lifeguards recruited under the Australian Lifeguard Service have completed their first season on the beach.
Lifeguards who patrolled the six beaches within the area performed 103 rescues and administered more almost 700 first aid treatments to beach goers for everything from suspected spinal injuries to bluebottle stings.
A continued emphasis on preventative actions for all ALS lifeguards statewide to control situations before they escalate the point a rescue is required resulted in 5,000 actions performed over the course of the season.
“It’s been a fantastic first season for the ALS and I would like to acknowledge all the hard work of the lifeguards who did a sensational job monitoring the beaches throughout what was an enjoyable, but busy season,” ALS Port Macquarie supervisor James Turnham said.
“We’ve also enjoyed a great relationship with the local council who should be applauded for their desire to keep our beaches safe. It’s important to us that we continue this relationship into the future as we continue to do what we do best which is being there for the beach going public.”
Applicants for lifeguard positions for next season will participate in a vigorous fitness and skills session to ensure that they are in peak physical and mental condition.