Beach Safety

Patrol

We patrol Ocean Beach in Denmark, Western Australia. Our Patrol Flags are set up in front of the Club which is our main Patrol area.  Our Patrol season is from December to April and times vary between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning/afternoon.

During Summer school holidays, Shire of Denmark lifeguards are on patrol.

Some great information on Beach Safety and current beach conditions, please view the MyBeach website

There is a defibrillation machine next to the kiosk for use in an emergency by the public.

What equipment do Lifesavers use?

Surf lifesavers and lifeguards have a range of specialised equipment to reach people in distress as quickly as possible.

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Much like a quad bike, these vital tools to help lifesavers get where they need to be with their rescue equipment as quickly as possible.

The rescue tube

A simple flotation device which can be dragged behind the lifesavers as they swim towards the patient. They provide additional buoyancy to the patient who can then be dragged back to shore, or assisted by a rescue board or rescue boat.

The rescue board

A fast simple way of getting to people in the surf. Patients can be loaded onto a board and returned to shore, or simply hold on until a rescue boat or craft can assist.

The Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB)

IRB’s have become workhorses for lifesaver over the last 40 years. They are fast, agile and can rescue multiple patients in testing conditions.

Rescue Water Craft (RWC)

Commonly known as jet-skis, RWCs offer many of the advantages of the IRB, but can be used by a single lifesaver.

What should I do if I need help from a lifesaver?

If you are in the water and need help, you should raise your arm and wave it above your head. This is the universal signal for help.

If you are on land and see someone who may need help in the water, or have any emergency, you should immediately call TRIPLE ZERO emergency. Emergency services will then respond as quickly as possible.

Shark Activity

This website https://www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity/ shows information about shark sightings and detections of tagged sharks by the network of monitoring stations. The site also shows the locations of Beach Emergency Numbers – if you need the emergency services at the beach, please use the BEN reference so that help can come directly to you.

 

 

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