They are ordinary men and women, with an extraordinary task: keeping us all safe on the beaches this summer.
Meet Randwick City Council’s 25 beach lifeguards who patrol Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra beaches with the help of volunteer lifesavers.
The professional lifeguards have just completed four days of intensive training this week, and are gearing up for a busy summer along Randwick City’s spectacular coastline.
Last summer the lifeguards rescued almost 300 hundred people, treated more than 6000 with first aid, and moved a staggering 19,000 people out of dangerous areas on our beaches.
Randwick Mayor Councillor Scott Nash urged people to enjoy our beautiful beaches safely.
“We are so lucky in Randwick City to have glorious beaches to enjoy, but please, don’t forget to enjoy the beach safely. Make sure you always swim between the flags, avoid swimming alone and swim only at patrolled beaches. Maroubra in particular, while a great spot for a family day out – complete with ample parking – is one of Sydney’s most dangerous beaches, with changing currents and strong rips. Tragically, we had nine deaths along our Randwick City coastline last year; and this is a reminder that we must all exercise caution.”
“Lifeguards patrol Coogee and Maroubra beaches from 7am to 7pm during daylight saving and Clovelly from 8am to 6pm. Volunteer life savers also do a fantastic job patrolling during the busy weekend and school holiday periods,” Councillor Nash said.