30 July 2015 Lifeguards Plea to Parents

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​ Parents and guardians are being urged to make sure that children do not play unsupervised on beaches or near waterways.


The plea comes following a recent incident in which youngsters aged about 4, 7 and eleven were found playing near the north wall on Park Beach unaccompanied by any adults. Lifeguards patrolling the beach were alerted by passers-by and made sure the children returned home safely.


“Beaches and waterways can be very dangerous places for children if they are not being supervised,” said Council’s Lifeguard Coordinator Greg Hackfath.


“Luckily for these kids, Park Beach is patrolled all year round so we could make sure they got home safely.


“But we’d urge all parents and guardians to make sure they keep a close eye on children near water at all times – and teach them not to wander near waterways or the ocean alone.”


Council's Lifeguards say:  

·         Never swim alone or surf at beaches not patrolled by Lifeguards or Lifesavers. 

·         Never bathe outside the red and yellow flags that mark the supervised swimming areas.  

·         Never bathe directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol.  

·         Never bathe when the beach is closed. (Observe the visual signal "Warning - Swimming Not Advised).  

·         Never bathe when there are no flags in position.  

·         If caught in a rip current, raise one hand and call for help, float with the current, relax and conserve energy.

·         Never struggle if seized with a cramp. Raise one arm for help, float and keep the affected part of the body perfectly still.

·         Never bathe if unsure of the conditions. Seek the advice of the nearest Lifeguard or Lifesaver.

For information on all Coffs Harbour’s patrolled beaches and patrol times, go to www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au./beachpatrols or follow the Lifeguards on Twitter