Sunshine Coast lifeguard services expanded

Beachgoers are set to benefit from additional lifeguard services on the Sunshine Coast, ensuring greater protection and education for the community, and visitors to the region.

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) and Sunshine Coast Council have announced 11 beaches would share in increased resourcing over the 2019/20 financial year.

The additional services, valued at over $230,000, include:

  • One additional lifeguard employed during the two weeks prior to the Christmas school holidays at Coolum, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba and Kings Beach;
  • Increased resourcing to two lifeguards at all times the beach is patrolled at Yaroomba and Boardwalk;
  • One additional lifeguard from September to May, shared amongst Marcoola, Discovery, Twin Waters and Mudjimba; and
  • An increased lifeguard service to achieve a 365-day patrol at Discovery Beach.

SLSQ Chief Lifeguard Greg Cahill said the additional lifeguard services would help ensure the safety of the growing numbers of people who visited the region’s beaches every year.

In 2018/19, Sunshine Coast lifeguards performed 200,429 preventative actions, administered 15,045 first aid treatments, and saved the lives of 436 people through in-water rescues.

“The Sunshine Coast region’s beaches are some of the best in Australia, if not the world, and we are committed to the provision of a proactive lifeguard service to ensure the protection of those who visit them,” Mr Cahill said.

“SLSQ’s professional lifeguard service arm, the Australian Lifeguard Service Queensland, employs 29 full-time and part-time lifeguards, 3 supervisors, and around 80 casual lifeguards on the Sunshine Coast. These staff are all dedicated to saving lives across the 20 beaches which they service in the region.

“The increased presence of lifeguards on the coast will greatly assist in the delivery of our service and I thank the Sunshine Coast Council for their continued investment in the safety of both locals and visitors alike.”

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the additional funding would further address the key recommendations endorsed by council in the Sunshine Coast Lifeguard Services Plan 2018-22.

“Our world-class beaches are one of the outstanding features of our Sunshine Coast,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“As a healthy, smart and creative region, our continuing partnership with SLSQ helps to ensure our residents and visitors can safely enjoy our beaches – and keep coming back to do so.”

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