Recruits learn ropes on beach
12 new recruits prepare for summer rush
AUSTRALIAN Lifeguard Service recruits were put through their paces this weekend as they prepared for a summer on the beach. For Yamba’s Teagan McFarlane, the challenge of keeping people safe in the water was rewarding.
FOR Australian Lifeguard Service recruits Teagan McFarlane and Garrett Parkes, helping people and hanging out at the beach are two great reasons to go through the Australian Far North Coast Lifeguard School.
Teagan McFarlane, of Yamba, who is studying on the Gold Coast, was among the 12 new recruits from the Clarence to the Tweed being put through a rigorous school outlining what this position of responsibility entailed.
The Australian Lifeguard Service holds the training at The Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre in Lennox Head.
“(It is) really about training us up and giving us the tools to go out and manage a beach,” Ms McFarlane said.
“I love the water, love the waves and love the sun but it is really rewarding helping people,” she said.
“I like the satisfaction that you have gone in and helped someone or you have put a band aid on someone’s knee.”
Ms McFarlane’s first rescue took place when she was 14 and had just signed on for patrol.
She had noticed two children out in the water at Yamba and sensing something she decided to go for a paddle.
Once there she discovered that they were in trouble and she pulled them onto her board.
“I went in for a paddle and it turned into a rescue.”
Mr Parkes, a Byron Bay resident, said he had learnt skills at the school that included setting up a beach patrol, rescue techniques, radio networking and working with superiors.
“There have been lots of different skills that I haven’t learnt before and hopefully (I can) take them to the summer and the beaches and do well,” he said.
Lifeguard Education co-ordinator Ruben Roxburgh said they every year they had people who wanted to join and it was a matter of being able to go through the theoretical as well as the practical component.
“It is a full package program and it takes a special sort of person to come on the beaches over the summer and take care of the community,” he said.
❝ I love the water, love the waves and love the sun but it is really rewarding helping people.
SURF SAFETY: Australian Lifeguard Service recruit Teagan McFarlane, from Yamba, at training in Lennox Head.
PREPARATION: Australian Lifeguard Service recruit Teagan McFarlane, from Yamba, at training at the lifeguard school in Lennox Head.