PCSLSC Captain Darcy Tribe reminds people to swim between the flags this summer.

If we can’t see you, we can’t save you | Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club

If we can’t see you, we can’t save you

This continues to be a very important water safety message from Life Saving Australia and it was emphasised again with the rescue of four people by the Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club (PCSLSC) over the Christmas long weekend.

Enjoying the great outdoors, including having a swim, is a great thing to do when it is done safely.

Going into his 6th season as Club Captain at Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club (PCSLSC) and having grown up surfing and swimming at Port Campbell, Darcy Tribe knows the dangers of the Shipwreck Coast’s unpredictable waters all too well.

“I’ve felt the full effect of being caught in a rip and the confronting feeling of being taken away from the beach by the powerful pull is very scary. That’s why it’s so important to swim at a patrolled beach and between the flags,” he said.

“It means our members can see you and save you.”

The beaches on the coast line between Port Campbell and Warrnambool are unpatrolled and are beautiful to visit, but not to swim at. PCSLSC is looking at extending their volunteer patrol service by setting up Peterborough Main Beach as an outpost of the PCSLSC. As the driving force behind this project, Darcy is hopeful it will be up and running for next summer 2023/24.

“We will be trialling a patrol at Peterborough Main Beach on Australia Day long weekend and the intent is to get enough new members interested in completing their Bronze Medallion to provide this service to Peterborough permanently for the summer of 2023/2024,” Darcy said.

“Anybody interested can give me a call on 0459 556 153.”

Port Campbell beach is being patrolled this summer from 12pm to 5pm on the weekends and public holidays between 26th November 2022 and ANZAC Day 2023 with lifeguards patrolling this beach on weekdays from 10 am – 6 pm between Boxing Day 2022 and Australia Day 2023.

Water safety is a very important issue for our community and society – not just at the beach, but in pools, dams, rivers, creeks and waterholes. As families gather over the holiday season, we have to keep in mind that your home, which might include pools and dams, could be unfamiliar surroundings for others, including children, so explaining the dangers and keeping watch is vital. PCSLSC is working with TDHS to help educate our community and our visitors.

For more information, please visit www.lsv.com.au or www.royallifesaving.com.au 

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