SCHOOL leavers have been urged to put safety first and look out for their mates when they hit the beach this week for Schoolies.
Thousands of year 12 graduates are expected to flock to Gold Coast beaches when Schoolies Week celebrations kick off this Saturday and, with that in mind, Surf Life Saving Queensland implores revellers to exercise ‘common sense’ while in the water.
“It’s obviously a time to for celebration and relaxation, and there’s no better place to unwind than the beach, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to put safety first and consider the consequences of your actions,” Lifesaving services coordinator Nathan Fife said.
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“We realise that beaches may be crowded, but it’s really important that all beachgoers make the effort to swim between the red and yellow flags.
“The flagged areas are not only the safest spots to swim, but they’re also patrolled by qualified surf lifesavers and lifeguards.”
The red and yellow army of surf lifesavers will be out in force across the Gold Coast, with regular beach patrols supported by daily dawn patrols from 4:30am, and SLSQ’s after-hours call-out service.
The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service will also conduct regular aerial beach patrols and surveillance across the precinct.