Welcome to summer! Lifesavers officially begin statewide patrol season on 2 December

The red and yellow flags will be raised at 57 patrolled beaches across Victoria as full lifesaving patrols return this Saturday 2nd December for the 2017/18 summer season.

Thousands of volunteer lifesavers will be keeping watch on beachgoers at our coastal beaches from this weekend, joining the bay beaches which have had patrols since mid-November.

Last season our volunteer lifesavers and lifeguards performed 519 rescues, attended 1655 first aid incidents and helped keep more than 2.4 million visitors to Victorian beaches safe.

Life Saving Victoria Lifesaving Operations Manager Greg Scott said he expects another busy summer on our beaches, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting daytime temperatures warmer than average across the state over summer.

“We urge all beachgoers to assist our lifesavers by swimming between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches. If our lifesavers can’t see you, they can’t save you,’’ Mr Scott said.

“It’s so important that people realise just how dangerous beaches can be – even when the weather is nice, so always check the weather reports before heading out on the water and check the VicEmergency website or app for real time warnings and beach safety information.”

He said it’s important to know how to identify and avoid rip currents as they can occur at all beaches, even in bays.

Beachgoers are also advised to check weather conditions, read safety signs and assess whether your activities are appropriate given the conditions.

Volunteer lifesavers provide patrols on weekends and most public holidays over the summer season.

Additional services are provided at unpatrolled locations and midweek by employed lifeguards during the peak summer period.

Information about patrolled beach locations and times is available at www.beachsafe.org.au.

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