WOLLONGONG’S northern beaches are now unpatrolled with the onset of winter.
Wollongong’s lifeguards will no longer be stationed at 16 of the city’s 17 beaches, from Stanwell Park to Windang.
With the end of the official swimming season, only North Wollongong Beach will be patrolled from 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.
Beach Services Coordinator Jason Foye said: “If you are seeking a swim in the season’s warm weather, head to North Wollongong beach which is patrolled all year.
“You may also head to one of our 15 tidal swimming pools, the Continental Pool which is open from Tuesday to Sunday, or Port Kembla and Thirroul Pools which will operate until the end of May.
“During the season Council’s lifeguards have provided warnings and safety advice to many locals and visitors about the risks of swimming during the non-patrolled season.
“With no lifeguards or flags to mark out safe swim areas, swimming during the off season can be extremely dangerous.”
Council’s permanent Lifeguards will now kick off their annual winter education program, visiting schools, TAFE and the university to talk to students about the importance of beach safety throughout the winter period.
Council Lifeguard Patrols will resume in September for the 2013/2014 surf season.