No lifeguards at the swimming lake again

THERE will be no lifeguards at the swimming lake next summer.

At its April meeting on Tuesday night, Naracoorte Lucindale Council reflected on the extended 2013-14 swimming season, where there were no lifeguards stationed at the lake and no major incidents were recorded. Councillors unanimously decided the system worked.

"The community did really well," mayor Erika Vickery said.

"There were no complaints and we had great supervision of children."

Cr Ken Banning agreed: "There doesn't appear to be an increase in incidents...most people tend to lift up their game."

Council's director of operations and technical services Phil Burton said lifeguards were not provided this season because of a lack of suitable applicants and access to training.

"We advertised and had five or six applicants with none suitably qualified at that time," he said.

"Two had reasonable experience but further training wasn't available...two was not enough."

Cr Craig McGuire expressed some misgivings about having no lifeguards.

"If there is a fatality would you go as far as saying that would be the end of our swimming lake?" he questioned.

Mayor Vickery compared a lifeguard-less lake to a public beach in terms of risk management.

"We do take on our own risk management with our families," she said.

Cr Ken Schultz asked what Wattle Range Council did with Millicent's swimming lake.

Mayor Vickery said it was understood Millicent did not have lifeguards either.

"They manage their risk as well."

- Council also decided not to provide lifeguards at the Lucindale pool as it is a facility owned by the Lucindale Area School and not the council.

The Lucindale pool was open to the public for 13 days during the swimming season with one lifeguard appointed to the facility.

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