Surf life-saving volunteers have officially raised the iconic patrol flags to mark the start of the new season.
Hunter Surf Life Saving chief executive, Rhonda Scruton, said last year’s 62,553 patrol hours were made possible by the dedication of volunteers and the support of the community.
“We’re so fortunate to have 7,440 enthusiastic, dedicated and capable members who volunteer their time to help keep other people safe so we can all enjoy our stunning beaches throughout summer,” she said.
“With the support of our long-term community partner, Newcastle Permanent, we are able to deliver these essential lifesaving services and ensure our volunteers have the equipment, training and skills they need to stay at the top of their game.”
Last season, volunteers from 13 Hunter Surf Life Saving clubs oversaw the safety of more than 700,000 beachgoers, performing 227 recues and tending first aid to 649 people.
Newcastle Permanent chief executive, Bernadette Inglis, said its partnership reflected the role surf life saving played in helping regional Australians to safely enjoy their coastal lifestyle.
“We recognise the vital service volunteer surf life savers provide within the Hunter region and through this partnership our goal is to help Hunter Surf Life Saving continue its great work supporting clubs, volunteers and the wider community,” she said.