Beach safety priority no secret

Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving club members Luke Stafferton, Samantha Lowe, Matt Tonkin and Nicola Awang. Picture: Jon Hewson d410617
Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving club members Luke Stafferton, Samantha Lowe, Matt Tonkin and Nicola Awang. Picture: Jon Hewson d410617

SHSLSC captain Rick Lowe said the public needed to swim to the conditions.

‘The public are reminded that this time of the year traditionally sees challenging conditions at Secret Harbour beach with large surf, and shallow sandbars also brings strong rips and an increased risk of spinal injuries,’ he said.

‘People are reminded when visiting the beach to swim between the red and yellow flags, stay sun smart, and to remember if you get caught in a rip, don’t panic ” signal for help and swim parallel to the beach until out of the rip.’

Volunteer lifeguards will be patrolling the area around the Penguin Island sandbar from 2pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. No information about paid lifeguards patrolling the area is currently available.

Sunday, October 6 was the first patrol at Secret Harbour, and from November through to March, volunteer lifesavers will look out for swimmers between the flags on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, Sundays from 9am to 2pm, and 9am to 1pm on public holidays.

In addition to the weekend volunteer patrols, paid lifeguards will be on duty at Secret Harbour from November 1 to December 16 from 6am to 11am, then from December 16 to February 28 from 6am to 4pm, before patrols are scaled down from March 1 to April 30 from 6am to 11am.

For details about patrols and the club, visit www.secretharbourslsc.com or email shslsc@hotmail.com.