Cool weather wasn’t exactly what lifeguards throughout the region were hoping for when surf patrols commenced at Labour Weekend. Windy conditions deterred people from heading for beaches, leading to a quiet time for lifeguards.
“Strong winds kept people off,” said Red Beach patrol captain Craig Dillon. “I was on patrol on the Saturday and there were only two people in the water between 11am and 4.30pm.
“There were more people on Sunday but they were walking on the beach. On a good day there would be at least 1,000.”
The club's lifeguards made good use of the quiet weekend checking out their equipment instead.