Eurobodalla Shire Council has welcomed a new contractor to operate its professional beach patrol service for the next two summer seasons.
Mayor, Mathew Hatcher said professional lifeguards will be back at the region’s eight beaches, but looking a little different this summer.
“Lifeguards won’t be in blue uniforms, but instead red and yellow – similar to volunteer lifesavers’ uniforms,” Mayor Hatcher said.
“Eurobodalla’s beaches get quite busy as they’re a popular destination for tourists and locals; I always appreciate knowing when and where it’s safe to swim.
“I hope everyone does the right thing, following advice from lifeguards and lifesavers – because we all know how quickly conditions can change along our coastline.”
Surf club volunteers will continue to patrol beaches on weekends and public holidays, while ALS lifeguards will cover the days in between from 9am-5pm.
On popular beaches without surf clubs, like North Head, Tuross and Dalmeny, ALS lifeguards will be on duty seven days a week.
Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) CEO, Steven Pearce said ALS works closely with surf clubs and their members.
“The ALS will seamlessly integrate with Surf Life Saving volunteers and our SLSNSW State Operations Centre, providing greater coverage and response across the coastline,” Mr Pearce said.
“The ALS will be deploying a crew of fully trained lifeguards, supervisors and equipment, including four jet skis to cover the large stretch of this spectacular coastline.”