LSV lifesavers spot Santa

Life Saving Victoria (LSV) patrolling lifesavers have caught a glimpse of Santa and his reindeer flying over the city of Melbourne on his way to deliver gifts to Victorians on the nice list this Christmas. 

Santa, who was sporting a red and yellow suit, passed over the iconic Brighton beach boxes on his journey, after the president of the North Pole Life Saving Club, Noelle Snow, urged him to remind everyone to prioritise water safety this holiday season. 

“Santa has lots of fun gifts such as boogie boards, snorkels and swimwear, but only those who swim between the red and yellow flags at patrolled beaches will make the nice list for Christmas 2021,” Ms Snow said. 

“Santa told me that Victoria has the best waterways of anywhere he travels in the world, but he wants to make sure that we are enjoying them safely this festive season. 

“This means checking conditions before you head out, checking the BeachSafe app or website before heading to the beach, knowing and sticking to your limits, actively supervising children whenever you are around water and saving your Christmas eggnog until after you have finished all water-based activities.” 

With the Christmas to Australia Day period traditionally being the busiest time on Victorian beaches, extra lifeguards will be on duty. 

LSV lifeguards will be spending their Christmas Day on patrol, keeping Victorians safe at the following locations: 

  • Geelong Waterfront – Eastern Beach: 11am-6pm 
  • Point Leo: 10am-6pm
  • Portsea (back): 10am-6pm 
  • Smiths Beach, Phillip Island: 10am-6pm 
  • Sorrento Ocean (back): 10am-6pm 
  • Werribee South: 11am-7pm 
  • Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island: 10am-6pm 

Additionally, some life saving clubs will be running volunteer patrols between 12pm and 5pm, with more information available at beachsafe.org.au 

“We are so grateful for the dedicated volunteers and emergency service workers who are giving up their time this festive season to patrol our beaches and keep Victorians safe as they enjoy our waterways,” Ms Snow said. 

“Please help these people to help you, by never swimming alone and if you are going boating or fishing, wearing a fully functioning, approved lifejacket, even if you don’t plan to go in the water. 

“Unintentional entry accounted for more than half the fatal drownings in Victoria during the past decade, and 79 per cent of drowning deaths between 2011-12 and 2020-21 involved either not wearing a lifejacket or wearing one that was not worn correctly or not appropriate for the conditions. 

“We want everyone to return from their day at the beach, pool or river to their families this Christmas and every other Christmas. Anyone can drown, no one should.”  

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