Beach patrols stepped up for schoolies

EXTRA lifesavers and lifeguards posted on Gold Coast Beaches during schoolies week, which officially begins on Saturday.

We have seen high temperatures and humidity in the past few days.

Nathan Fife from Surf Lifesaving Queensland admits that could make the surf even more attractive to school leavers.


He said “that’s why I think the schoolies come to the Gold Coast, because of the beaches and also the party atmosphere, but I’d encourage schoolies to keep hydration levels up and be sun smart with the high temperatures we’re gonna be expecting”.

“Our lifesavers and lifeguards will be out on duty all weekend and during the week, we’ve also got our dawn patrol guys from 4.30 in the morning ’til 8.30, we’ll be going from Southport to Miami along the beach and we just encourage school leavers to have fun on the beach but just remember to swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim alone” Mr Fife said.

As well, the Westpac Rescue Lifesaver Helicopter will be patrolling during the week and more volunteers on jet skis on the weekend and on the beach itself.

Mr Fife said the safety message not only applied to the beach, but hotels too “a lot of these hotels have pools as well, so use your common sense around the water”.

Thousands of year 12 graduates are expected to flock to Gold Coast beaches when Schoolies Week celebrations kick off this Saturday.

The message is always swim between the red and yellow flags, look at and follow the safety signs, ask a surf lifesaver or lifeguard for advice, get a friend to swim with you, signal with your hand for help if you get into trouble, don’t sleep on the sand and never swim at night or under the influence of alcohol and drugs.