More time to swim between the flags
Bass Coast Shire Council is urging everyone to be safe by the water this summer and to always swim between the red and yellow flags at a patrolled beach.
The official lifesaving patrol season has been extended, beginning on Saturday, 27 November and will run until after Easter next year. This extension is in response to the increased number of drownings around the state in recent years.
In Bass Coast, in addition to our wonderful volunteer lifesavers, Council funds paid patrols at Woolamai beach and Smiths Beach on weekdays and Saturday mornings from 27 December until the end of February and at Cowes and Inverloch from 27 December until late January. Phillip Island Nature Parks also contributes to the paid patrols at Woolamai Beach and Smiths Beach. From now until 27 December, volunteer lifeguards will be in place on the beaches on weekends and public holidays.
This ensures that our community and visitors always have access to a safe place to enjoy a swim.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan emphasised the important role that lifesaving clubs play in keeping people safe by the water.
“Our lifesavers, both paid and volunteer, play such a vital role for our visitors and locals alike. It’s reassuring to know that you can go for a swim and enjoy a day at the beach safely,” Cr Whelan said.
“But it’s also so important that everyone looks out not only for themselves, but also for their friends and family while by the water, to ensure that everyone has a great day and goes home safe and sound,” Cr Whelan concluded.
Anyone who spends time at the beach is also encouraged to download the Beachsafe app or visit www.beachsafe.org.au. The app and the website includes current information and conditions for every beach in Australia. It shows patrol services, hazards and facilities as well as weather, swell and tide details. Beachsafe is designed to help you choose the right beach for your needs, so you can relax and enjoy your visit.
For more information on staying safe by the water this summer, head to www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/beachsafety.