Bennetts Beach patrolled seven days a week during January

Surf Lifesavers James Fitzpatrick and Greg Wells.
Surf Lifesavers James Fitzpatrick and Greg Wells.

 

TEA Gardens-Hawks Nest Surf Lifesaving Club volunteers and Council Lifeguards will be keeping watch at Bennetts Beach during the busy holiday season.

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With crowds flocking to the clear waters and white sand, the red and yellow flags will be up seven days a week from 9am to 5pm.

Council Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) will be on duty Monday to Friday and the Surf Lifesaving Club will patrol on weekends and public holidays.

Club President Stephen Howell said around 70 club members will each complete 60 hours of volunteer service during the season.

“The best thing about volunteering is being part of the community,” he said.

“It is also about the friendships formed and the camaraderie with other volunteers.”

Stephen said the weekend patrols are split into four-hour shifts involving, “Checking gear, setting up the beach and maintaining the vigil on the swim area.”

“It is something that is active and enjoyable, and you can venture into the sports side of things as well,” he said.

ASL has also provided a lifeguard to attend Tea Gardens Pool seven days a week.

In addition, Council lifeguards will be present at eight other beaches in the MidCoast region during the January holiday period.

ALS NSW Lifeguard Operations Manager Oliver Munson praised MidCoast Council for their commitment to safety.

“Our focus, just like Council’s, is ensuring the safety of all beachgoers in the area,” Mr Munson said.

“We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Council and delivering a high level of service to the people of the Lower North Coast.”

The ALS weekday patrols at Bennetts Beach will run until 25 January.

The Surf Lifesaving Club will continue patrolling on weekends and public holidays until flags fall on the 2017/18 season on 29 April.

 

TGHN Surf Lifesaving Club President Stephen Howell.
TGHN Surf Lifesaving Club President Stephen Howell.

 

Keeping Beaches Safe: Brian Watson and Isaac Stokes.
Keeping Beaches Safe: Brian Watson and Isaac Stokes.

 

Surf Patrol: Steve Tranter and LJ Chester at Bennetts Beach.
Surf Patrol: Steve Tranter and LJ Chester at Bennetts Beach.

 

Beach Patrol: James Fitzpatrick and Greg Wells.
Beach Patrol: James Fitzpatrick and Greg Wells.

 

James Fitzpatrick and Greg Wells at Bennetts Beach.
James Fitzpatrick and Greg Wells at Bennetts Beach.

 

TGHN Surf Lifesaving Club President Stephen Howell.
TGHN Surf Lifesaving Club President Stephen Howell.

 

Brian Watson and Isaac Stokes.
Brian Watson and Isaac Stokes.

 

Surf Lifesavers Brian Watson and Isaac Stokes.
Surf Lifesavers Brian Watson and Isaac Stokes.

 

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