The official beach patrol season has begun.
The safest place to take the kids for a swim is in patrolled waters – so where can you find them?
The beach patrol season on the Sunshine Coast runs from September to May, with more than 20 areas patrolled by lifeguards and lifesavers.
There is a new Bokarina Beach lifeguard tower staffed by professional lifeguards to keep beachgoers safe.
The tower will be patrolled on weekends, public holidays and Queensland school holidays from September to May.
Nearby Dicky Beach is patrolled 365 days a year, while Buddina Beach is patrolled every day of the week from September to May.
There is also a lifeguard outpost service at Maroochy River mouth during the September, Christmas and the Easter school holidays.
Surf Life Saving Queensland’s 2020Coast Safe Report found 89 per cent of all rescues across Queensland were performed outside of the red and yellow flags.
Last year, lifeguards and lifesavers on the Sunshine Coast performed 389 rescues, 4806 first aid treatments and provided 262,018 warnings.
“It’s essential that beachgoers make the effort to find the nearest flagged area when they want to go for a swim,” councillor Peter Cox said.
PATROLLED AREAS INCLUDE:
Patrolled all year: Kings Beach, Dicky Beach, Mooloolaba Main and Spit, Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Twin Waters, Mudjimba, Discovery Beach and Coolum.
Patrolled season (seven days a week between September to May, plus weekends, school and public holidays during winter): Bulcock, Marcoola, Buddina/Kawana, Coolum North
Weekend service (weekends, school and public holidays all year): Currimundi
Minimal seasonal service (weekends, school and public holidays from September to May): Kings Beach Pool, Boardwalk, Bokarina and Wurtulla
Holiday service only (school holidays between September and May): Golden Beach and Yaroomba.
Always swim between the red and yellow flags
Check beach conditions before swimming
Learn beach safety rules regarding rips, stingers and sun safety
For detailed patrol times and locations please visit the Beach Safe website