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Lifeguards training at Kellys Beach on Saturday

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Surf Life Saving Queensland lifeguards from across the region will be put through their paces as they undertake fitness proficiency testing at Kellys Beach.

Surf Life Saving Queensland lifeguards from across the region will undertake fitness proficiency testing at Kellys Beach on Saturday, 11 July.

Lifeguards will be faced with physical and mental challenges to ensure they remain ready to respond to various incidents that may occur on beaches from Yeppoon to Hervey Bay.

SLSQ Lifesaving Services coordinator Julie Davis said fitness proficiency testing was undertaken for water-based rescues, jet skis, first-aid, advanced resuscitation and other competencies.

“The assessment, combined with a rigorous training program, ensures the highest standard of competence is maintained by the lifeguards,” she said.

“Our beaches may be a little quieter this time of year, but it is essential that our lifeguards remain focused ahead of what will no doubt be another busy season across the region’s beaches.

“A range of complex rescue scenarios, including board and tube rescues, will test the guards’ physical and mental capabilities, ensuring each maintains a high level of fitness and emergency care skills.”

Ms Davis said the annual fitness proficiency testing also encouraged continuous improvement within the service.

“Many of our lifeguards have strong affiliations with surf lifesaving clubs, having begun as nippers, junior or senior surf lifesavers,” she said.

“This day also provides an opportunity to bring them together so they can gain knowledge from each other’s experiences.”

About 40 lifeguards and trainee lifeguards will complete the fitness proficiency testing, an annual requirement for guards employed by SLSQ’s Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS).

Bundaberg Regional Council recently renewed its relationship of more than 30 years with SLSQ, committing to continue funding until 2023 to ensure the continuation of vital services.

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