Local beachgoers and visitors to the Sunshine Coast are being urged to swim between the flags and heed lifeguards’ instructions to stay safe across our region’s beaches over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
It comes as lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers prepare for bumper crowds at Sunshine Coast beaches.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said council’s $5.7 million investment in lifeguard services this financial year meant the region was well prepared to help keep local residents and visitors safe across the Sunshine Coast.
“Last January more than 1.2 million people visited our Sunshine Coast beaches, and there’s no doubt that record will be smashed in 2022,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Our beaches are some of the most desired in the country and, indeed, the world, which reinforces why it is crucial we support the invaluable services provided by our highly skilled lifeguards so that everyone can enjoy a safe experience at the beach.
“We warmly welcome visitors to our region, and encourage everyone to support our hardworking lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers by always swimming between the red and yellow flags and following important warnings and instructions.
“Stop and think. We want to avoid any tragedies at our beaches this Christmas period.”
Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast Regional Operations Manager Aaron Purchase said their biggest message this Christmas was “she’ll be right won’t save your life.”
“If people have had a few alcoholic drinks do not, under any circumstances, enter the water, and never swim at night,” Mr Purchase said.
“Unfortunately, some Aussies are a bit complacent in and around the water, especially when it comes to safety at the beach or thinking they won’t get caught in a rip.
“Ninety per cent of drowning deaths last year were male and the average age of people rescued last year was 24.”
More than 20 locations across the Sunshine Coast are patrolled throughout the season.
For detailed patrol times and locations please visit the Beach Safe website.
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags;
- Check beach conditions before swimming;
- Learn beach safety rules regarding rips, stingers and sun safety.
Sunshine Coast patrolled areas include:
|Level 1 – Major location||All year.||Kings Beach, Dicky Beach, Mooloolaba Main and Spit, Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Twin Waters, Mudjimba, Discovery Beach and Coolum|
|Level 2 – Seasonal service||Seven days a week between September holidays to May, plus weekends, school and public holidays during winter.||Bulcock, Marcoola, Buddina/Kawana, Coolum North|
|Level 3 – Weekend / holiday service||Weekends, school and public holidays all year.||Currimundi|
|Level 4 – Lower seasonal service||Weekends, school and public holidays from September to May.||Kings Beach Pool, Boardwalk, Bokarina and Wurtulla|
|Level 5 – Summer holiday service only||School holidays between September to May.||Golden Beach, Maroochy River Mouth and Yaroomba.|
Council also works with local Surf Life Saving Clubs and the Compass Institute to make Sunshine Coast beaches more accessible and inclusive. Beach matting, wheelchairs and life jackets are available to use at no charge. For more information please visit https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Living-and-Community/Community-Support/Access-inclusion-and-disability/Accessible-beach-program
- 83 per cent of people rescued in Queensland last year were Australian
- 2020/21 was the second-worst year on record for drownings on Queensland’s coastline
- In January this year, lifeguards performed 143 rescues and 770 first-aid actions on Sunshine Coast beaches.