Extra lifeguards to patrol Kiama beaches over summer

Beaches without a surf lifesaving club such as Bombo, Kendalls, Easts and Seven Mile beaches will be patrolled by council lifeguards over summer.

This includes expanding weekend lifeguard patrols, to cover these beaches through all of December through February.

Council patrols begin December 7.

Surf lifesaving clubs will again play a critical part in local beach safety, with volunteer lifesavers providing 210 weekend and public holiday patrols at Jones, Surf and Werri Beach.

A significant change this summer will be the instruction of a north/south zone model for managing beach safety.

The north zone will include Bombo, Surf, Kendalls and Easts Beach.

The south will comprise Werri and Seven Mile Beach.

A council spokesperson said the change will help lifeguards (and lifesavers) patrolling southern beaches.

"Both Werri and Seven Mile Beach are challenging to patrol because of their larger size," they said.

"The significant increase in people using Seven Mile adds to this challenge. An estimated 406,334 people made use of our seven beaches last season."

Council will deploy 30 lifeguards across our beaches this summer, starting Saturday 7 December (patrols of Surf Beach are already underway).