Spring beach patrols begin

Community life - 9 October 2018

Lifeguards and surf club members throughout the Kempsey Shire are reminding beach goers to swim between the flags and be mindful of conditions with patrols of local beaches now underway. As well as surf club members, Council lifeguards will be patrolling the beaches during the school holidays.

Don’t forget the lifeguards top safety tips:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Read the safety signs
  • Ask a lifeguard for safety advice
  • Swim with a friend
  • If you need help, stay calm and attract attention

Council lifeguards and Surf Club members will ensure that beaches are patrolled every day during the spring holidays at:

  • Crescent Head (10am–3pm)
  • Grassy Head (10am-2pm)
  • Hat Head (10am-2pm)
  • Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks (10am-3pm)
  • Main Beach, South West Rocks (10am-2pm)

Council’s Director of Operations and Planning, Robert Fish, said it is important that residents and visitors swim between the flags when visiting the beach.

“While the Macleay Valley has some of the most beautiful waterways it is important to ensure the safety of yourself and others by swimming at a patrolled beach,” Mr Fish said.

“As well as swimming within the red and yellow flags beachgoers should also take notice of any signs on or around the beach for their own safety.” Residents and visitors can access information on local beach conditions and safety information via https://beachsafe.org.au  or download the Surf Life Saving Australia Beachsafe app.

Council operates four swimming pools in Kempsey, South West Rocks, Gladstone and Crescent Head. The public pools are a great way to escape the heat, relax, learn to swim, do stroke development, attend a bootcamp, join a swimming club or swim laps.

For more information on patrols or the shire’s swimming pools visit www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au

Horseshoe Bay beach