Rainbow Beach Club captain Shane Handy pilots the IRB over the waves.
Rainbow Beach Club captain Shane Handy pilots the IRB over the waves. Craig Warhurst

Lifesavers ready for surf season

AS you wake up this morning volunteers from the Rainbow Beach surf club will be back on the beach, helping to make it safer for bathers.

This weekend sees the return of volunteers after a long cold winter and club captain Shane Handy can’t wait to get on the beach.

“We are loving it,” Mr Handy said.

“We are hoping for fine weather for the start of the summer season.”

Mr Handy urged swimmers to swim between the red and yellow flags and read the surf safety message boards before entering the surf.

He said if anybody had any queries they could ask the friendly life savers in the surf tower.

A new initiative for the 2010/11 season is a new surf lifesaving helicopter.

The chopper will be based at the Gold Coast but will stay overnight at Caloundra.

Handy said it was expected the chopper would patrol Rainbow at least once every weekend.

There will be more patrols if time permits.

Mr Handy said the new chopper would improve response times for the surf lifesavers in times of crisis.

“If we have an emergency we will be able to call on them,” Mr Handy said.

“We are a bit isolated in Rainbow and the ability to call on a helicopter for any major incidents is a big plus.

“It helps us protect the community better.”

Patrols will run from 8.30am to 5pm on Saturdays and 7.30am to 4pm on Sunday.

During the peak Christmas holiday period patrols will run from 7.30am to 6pm.

Mr Handy said any person interested in joining the Lifesaving movement could ring the Rainbow Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

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