Local life savers are now keeping a watchful eye on the beaches in the Bundaberg Region as the Surf Life Saving Queensland season has officially started.
Bundaberg Surf Life Saving president John McGregor said the start of the school holidays coupled with stunning weather had enticed locals to test the water and take a dip in one of the region’s beautiful beaches.
John said as lifesavers and lifeguards had started to patrol local beaches it was important for community members and visitors to remember to swim between the red and yellow flags.
“Patrols have now started, and they run every Saturday and Sunday from now through to the long weekend in May next year,” John said.
“Through school holidays there is a lifeguard on duty through the week, and once Christmas school holidays come there will be a lifeguard here every day until school returns.”
John said this year the local Surf Life Saving Queensland clubs had enough volunteers take up positions to fill the patrol roles, but they would still welcome newcomers with open arms.
“We would always like more, and you can join any time,” he said.
“If someone wants to join or even become an associate member to help out with other tasks, they are welcome.
“Anyone who is interested, or if they would like a bit of an outlet, we will always find something for them to do.”
Surf Life Saving Australia started in 1907, and Bundaberg Surf Life Saving will celebrate its 100th year of helping to protect beach goers in the region next year; John said preparations were now underway to make it a great centenary celebration.
John said now the Surf Life Saving Queensland season had started, there was an opportunity for the community to sit back, relax and enjoy the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club bar of a Sunday afternoon.
“From 2-6pm each Sunday our bar upstairs is open to the public and to our members,” he said.
“The relaxed Sundays have been running for a few years now and it is a way for the club to raise vital funds.
“It’s a relaxed bar situation, where you can bring your own nibbles and enjoy a cool drink from the bar, while overlooking the beautiful Nielson Beach.”
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