Lifesaving kicks off with boats and beers

Gold Coast’s Chief Lifeguard Warren Young welcomed lifesavers to the city’s beaches yesterday morning, with press out in force at Burleigh Heads.

All 21 Surf Clubs will begin patrolling our beaches tomorrow morning from 8.00am to 5.00pm.

Over 4000 volunteer lifesavers have completed the required proficiency and physical testing, and will keep a vigilant eye on swimmers over weekends and public holidays (including Christmas Day) right through until the last weekend in April.

Catching up with Blank afterwards, Warren said it was great to have everyone, and that it would be a good season.

In lifesaver sports news, Mermaid Beach hosts the first carnival of the surf boat rowing season tomorrow, kicking off with the first race at 9.00am. Differing from the norm, the carnival is a wave-catching carnival, a new concept to surf boat competition where points are allocated to crews for their skills displayed on the waves, as well as their position in the race. Club President Phil Chipman said that the club was excited to be hosting the carnival, and hopes that the first carnival Mermaid’s hosted in a few seasons will go on to become an annual event.

The event also marks the return of the notorious “pig pen,”or beer tent to Carnivals. Beers will be be poured from 11.00am and entry is $10.00.

Despite a chance of showers,  as the days heat up it’s likely beaches will be packed this weekend. As always, swim between the flags, and watch out for the old men with the metal detectors.

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