Lifesavers pushed to the limits

TWENTY-FOUR lifeguards from the Wide Bay Capricorn region will hit the beaches on North Stradbroke Island from today until Wednesday as they are put through the paces of a three-day training boot camp.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Australian Lifeguard Service State Lifeguard co-ordinator Joshua Campton said the lifeguards would be put through their paces over the three days, depending on their qualifications.

"Some have been ALS Lifeguards for a while working along the Wide Bay Capricorn coast and others are new recruits who have been patrolling members of their local surf lifesaving clubs and are now old enough and eager new Lifeguards," Mr Campton said.

"Some are still Year 12 students."

During the three days, the lifeguards will be trained according to their qualifications and needs which will include jet ski and four-wheel drive training, spinal management, complex scenario training, rock training, search and rescue and complex first aid training.

"It will be a fast-paced three days, but this crew is up to it," Mr Campton said.



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