Swim safe this summer

North Wollongong Beach. PHOTO:

North Wollongong Beach. PHOTO:

IF you’re visiting beaches and pools make sure you swim safe – that’s the message of Wollongong City Council’s Lifeguards over the summer break.

Wollongong City Council’s lifeguards patrol 17 beaches and nine public pools between Stanwell Park and Windang six days a week. On Sundays there are patrols by volunteer lifesavers from Surf Life Saving Australia.

“This time of year there’s always an influx of visitors to our beaches and pools,’’ Council’s Beach Services Coordinator Jason Foye said.

“And it doesn’t matter whether you’re a local or a visitor, the same rules apply. Always swim between the flags, follow the advice of Lifeguards or Lifesavers and remember, no flags means no swim.’’

The popularity of the city’s beaches means on New Year’s Eve, Council’s Lifeguards will patrol North Beach until 8pm – an extension of one hour.

“New Year’s Eve is always a popular time for swimming but I’d like to remind everyone not to drink alcohol and swim. It’s a dangerous combination,’’ Mr Foye said.

“Everyone knows you shouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car if you’ve had alcohol and swimming – whether at a beach or in a pool – is exactly the same.’’

Council has also launched a series of short videos to highlight some important Surf Safety tips. The videos are available on Facebook and YouTube.

“I’d encourage everyone to have a look at these videos. We’ve covered a range of topics and they’re good little reminders about being safe at our beaches,’’ Mr Foye said.

Mr Foye said Lifeguards wanted everyone to have a happy and safe summer.

“Just remember, swim between the flags, if there are no flags, there is no swim and adults should always keep a close watch on their kids,’’ he said.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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