Rainbow Beach SLSC Patrol Wrap Up

Greg Dodt and Shane Handy - where Christmas Day is just another day on patrol!

Greg Dodt and Shane Handy – where Christmas Day is just another day on patrol!

James Worthington

It was another busy season for the Patrolling Lifesavers of Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club for 2018-19.

The red and yellow flags were raised in September at 8am before being taken back down at 5pm.

Every weekend and public holiday active patrolling members volunteered their time to protect others, ending the season in May.

This season saw over 20,000 people step foot into the patrolled section of our beach and a further 10,000 entering the water.

However not all the people entering the dangerous surf proceeded to swim between the red and yellow flags.

Approximately 2,000 people were seen to be swimming outside the designated swimming area set by our lifesavers.

This meant that 18 lives were saved as a result of the beach users not taking care. Lifesavers also conducted 502 first aid treatments with anything from spinal injuries to jellyfish stings.

Our volunteer Lifesavers are well trained and know the in’s and out’s of safe swimming.

It’s important for people to remember to swim between the red and yellow flags because it’s the safest place to swim on our beach.

The Surf Club is always looking for new members so come and join our fun teams and help keep Rainbow Beach safe for locals and holidaymakers.

Our next Bronze and SRC camp is being run from September 22, with assessment on September 29.

For further information contact Kelly on 5486 3249, or for course information contact Mark on 0427 033 160.

New members are always welcome!