Media Release

Volunteer surf lifesavers return to North Queensland beaches

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Following a well-deserved rest, the red and yellow army will be back on North Queensland beaches in time for the Easter long weekend.

SLSQ North Queensland Regional Operations Manager Jennifer Rees said the region’s volunteers will give up their precious time every weekend throughout the season to protect beachgoers.

“The extraordinary efforts of our volunteer lifesavers ensure thousands of locals and tourists alike can enjoy our pristine coastline safely,” she said. 

“Last season North Queensland surf lifesavers watched over more than 19,500 swimmers whilst on patrol.

“It is great to see them back on the beach ready to watch over beachgoers throughout the Easter long weekend.”

Ms Rees said there are simple precautions beachgoers can take to ensure they have an enjoyable time at the beach these school holidays.

“To ensure everyone has an enjoyable day at the beach, make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags,” she said.

“Parents please actively supervise your children and keep them within an arm’s reach at all times.

“If you are celebrating the long weekend and have had a drink or two, stay clear of the water it is not worth risking the dip.”

Last season North Queensland surf lifesavers volunteered more than 10,000 hours. Whilst on patrol they performed one rescue, 101 first aid treatments and 2,792 preventative actions. 

We ask all beachgoers to follow Queensland Health’s advice, practice social distancing and stay home if unwell.

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