THE Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club’s team of dedicated volunteers is ready to hit the sand tomorrow to kick off the volunteer patrol season.
Port Douglas will be covered this Easter long weekend by volunteer surf patrols which will man Four Mile Beach every Sunday from 9am-5pm, as well as public holidays, until the end of November.
PDSLSC captain John Goodman said the club has some great volunteers who were looking forward to keeping an eye on beachgoers.
‘‘Our small band of dedicated volunteers make it very easy to be captain and give up their time freely to patrol our beach,’’ he said.
‘‘But we always need more volunteers to become involved in the club and we are encouraging youngsters to join.’’
Last patrol season, volunteer surf lifesavers in the Far North carried out 634 preventative actions and four lives were saved.
Surf Life Saving North Queensland regional manager Col Sparkes reminded swimmers to remain vigilant despite the extra presence of surf lifesavers on the beaches.
‘‘ Traditionally speaking, the Easter period is one of the busiest times of the year on patrol as swimmers look to make the most of the four-day weekend,’’ he said.
Only the Christmas and New Year periods are considered busier for local lifesavers.
‘‘When beaches are busy, it is important that everyone makes a special effort to respect each other in the water,’’ Mr Sparkes said.
‘‘Even if it becomes crowded between the red and yellow flags, we urge swimmers to stay between them and within the nets, because it is the safest place to be.’’
Call to action:
Brian Markham, John Goodman and Michael Bolt