When you’re raised in coastal cities and towns, you’ll know that seeing the raising of the flags as a happy signal that the warmer weather is here to stay and beach visits are back on the agenda.
Not everyone who visits Australia’s beautiful beaches knows the significance of the flags, however, so it’s important we remain vigilant and continue our preventative actions.
It’s sobering to think that in Australia, we still lose lives on our beaches. Many are outside patrolling hours, and all outside the volunteers’ red and yellow flags, which means, as you know, our work doesn’t just reside ‘between the flags’. When you read statistics like this, it becomes clear how important it is to keep educating the community through our clubs and programs.
On a more positive note, we celebrate the hard work of last season where no less than 8,952 volunteer rescues were performed and 26,173 first aid administrations took place. As always, our focus now is to continue to reduce the drowning rate and the rescues performed. With growing populations and increased tourism to Australia, our work is more important than ever.
This year we anticipate more than 100 million visitors to our beaches, nationwide.
We’d like to welcome everyone back to the beach. Australia’s beach goers say a whole-hearted thank you for your support of the local community, and for saving lives.