Before they get to work on the beautiful beaches of the state’s south, the lifeguard class of 2015 will head back to school for a few days as they ramp up preparations for a busy summer season.

This weekend, a group of 25 lifeguards from the Shoalhaven and Bega areas will descend on Mollymook and Lake Conjola for two days of theory and practical work, as they learn advanced lifeguarding skills.

These lifeguards will work on their fitness, conduct mock search and rescue operations, and will be introduced to the policies and procedures that they will be need to become familiar with as they strive to keep our beaches safe.

Lifeguard Operations Coordinator, Oliver Munson, said the group will gain invaluable knowledge especially after undertaking the Advanced Aquatic Search and Rescue course.

“The camp is all about giving everyone the skills and knowledge to be a good lifeguard as they prepare to start their summer patrols on some of the states’ busiest beaches.

“The Aquatic Search and Rescue course will help our lifeguards gain the knowledge and skills to perform more advanced rescues, especially around rock platforms” Munson said.

While the camp involves plenty of hard work, there will be time for some lighter moments, with time set aside in the evening for people to get to know each other.

With summer just around the corner, and plenty of city-dwellers heading for a coastal escape, the class of 2015 will soon be out in force on South Coast beaches.

Shoalhaven Lifeguard Supervisor Ken Walsh is optimistic about the summer season ahead believing the course will prove beneficial for the attendees.

“All of our new lifeguards will build a really strong theory base, and practical knowledge, and I am confident that they’re going to have a positive impact on the beach this summer.

“Everyone is really looking forward to getting out there and doing their bit to protect our beaches,” he said.

Tips for enjoying your day at the beach:

* Always swim between the red and yellow flags

* Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, wear a hat and use lots of sunscreen

* Read and observe the safety signs

* Ask a lifeguard/lifesaver for safety advice

* If you need help, stay calm and attract attention

* If you witness an in-water emergency, call Triple-Zero Police