Sunlovers having a swell time
SUN, sand and surf make for a great summer on the Coffs Coast ? just ask the hundreds of people flocking to our beaches daily.
Coffs Harbour City Council's senior lifeguard Greg Hackfath said large crowds were revelling in top beach conditions, but bathers needed to guard against complacency when entering the water.
"People need to realise their own ability and remember our motto ? no flag, no swim," Mr Hackfath said.
"They should always obey the directions of lifeguards and lifesavers and swim only at patrolled beaches."
He said patrols were operating at Sawtell, Park Beach, Diggers Beach, Emerald Beach, Woolgoolga, Corindi, Red Rock and beaches at Darlington Beach Resort and Lorikeet Tourist Park, and weekends only at Sapphire Beach.
Mr Hackfath paid tribute to local board riders who were the unsung heroes of the surf.
"Most of them would have been involved in a rescue over the period of their surfing lifetime," he said.
"They do a top job and don't get enough recognition."