Re­cruits learn ropes on beach

12 new re­cruits pre­pare for sum­mer rush

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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.

PHOTO: MARC STAPELBERG

SURF SAFETY: Aus­tralian Life­guard Ser­vice re­cruit Tea­gan McFar­lane, from Yamba, at train­ing in Len­nox Head.

PHOTO: MARC STAPELBERG

PREPA­RA­TION: Aus­tralian Life­guard Ser­vice re­cruit Tea­gan McFar­lane, from Yamba, at train­ing at the life­guard school in Len­nox Head.

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