GOLD Coast lifeguards braved the winter chill this morning as they were put through a 26-minute fitness test on Greenmount beach.
The course started with a swim from Greenmount to Coolangatta, followed by a one and a half kilometre run to Greenmount and back, before wrapping up with an 800 metre rescue board paddle to Greenmount.
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Mayor Tom Tate said the test was another way to make sure beachgoers were kept safe.
“Our lifeguards are some of the best on the planet, and this tough winter fitness test really keeps them up to scratch,” he said.
“When people come to relax and play on our world-famous beaches, they know they’re being looked after by an elite team of professionals; that’s why we committed seven and a half million dollars in this year’s budget for our lifeguard service.”
City of Gold Coast Chief Lifeguard Warren Young said the permanent lifeguards have to pass tough physical tests twice a year.
“Our lifeguard service is recognised as a benchmark service, so it is vitally important we have these tests regularly to uphold our high standards,” he said.
“It is a very challenging course, but our City lifeguards are great athletes, and fitness is very important for them to do their job.”