Zero deaths during busy beach season

Volunteer lifeguards' last day on duty

Zero deaths during busy beach season

Gold Coast Surf Life Savers are handing the reigns over to Council after today.

The Summer 2016/17 patrol season comes to an end at 5pm this Labor Day public holiday.

It was a busy season right across Queensland with more than 3.3 million people flocking to our beaches.

1,059,000 of those visitors were recorded on Gold Coast shores.

Locally, lifeguards rescued 584 people from the surf and said more than four out of every five people pulled to safety were swimming outside the flags when they got into trouble.

Gold Coast Surf Life Savers also administered First Aid to 12,138 people and took more than 36,000 preventative actions to make sure swimmers stayed safe.

Their measures seem to have been successful, with zero recorded drownings on our beaches over the busy months.

Council will now patrol Gold Coast beaches during the quiet, winter period, while our volunteers take a well deserved break.