No lifeguards on duty

THERE will be no lifeguards on duty at the Naracoorte swimming lake this summer.

Naracoorte Lucindale Council last month decided to reduce the presence of lifeguards at the swimming lake - but now there will be none at all.

Due to a lack of suitable candidates, the council can't commit to a full roster of lifeguards and will instead not provide any.

In his report tabled to the Naracoorte Lucindale Council's December meeting, director of operations and technical services Phil Burton advised members of the situation.

"The swimming lake season has started with no major issues," he said.

"Security patrols have started however lifeguards have not been provided to date."

Mr Burton reported advertising had been done for the lifeguard positions with "very few" suitably qualified and experienced applicants.

"The availability of applicants throughout the swim season is poor and coordinating required training prior to the season starting has been difficult," Mr Burton said.

Council CEO Helen Macdonald urged lake users to be safe, particularly when children are involved.

"Safety at the swimming lake is everyone's responsibility," she said.

"Parents are reminded that children under the age of 10 must be actively supervised by a responsible person over the age of 16 at all times while at the lake."

For more information on the safety of the Naracoorte swimming lake refer to the Naracoorte Swimming Lake aquatic responsibility code at

www.naracoortelucindale.sa.gov.au

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A lifeguard for the Lucindale Area School Pool looks likely to be appointed for a portion of the school holiday period after none was provided last summer.

Not providing lifeguards at Naracoorte will save nearly $20,000 on last summer's figures for the council.

The provision of lifeguards has gradually reduced over the past three summers.

In the summer of 2010-11, the council provided lifeguards on all occasions when the forecast temperature was 25 degrees or higher.

In 2011-12, the target temperature was raised to 30 degrees or higher.

Only last month the council made the decision to do away with the temperature limit and instead provide lifeguards during school holidays, on weekends and on public holidays.

They would also be on shorter five-hour shifts.

Security services will continue to be employed at the lake.

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