Inexperienced paddlers putting kids' lives at risk
TWO similar rescues at Noosa at the weekend has a swimming trainer urging residents and tourists to know their limits in the water.
Noosa Surf Club training officer Robyn Jenkinson said on Saturday two rescues within 10 minutes of each other could have been easily avoided.
Mrs Jenkinson said about 11am a woman and a child on a stand-up paddle board were blown half a kilometre offshore and were struggling to get back in.
Life guards on patrol were sent out in an inflatable rescue boat to bring them back in.
"And 10 minutes later I saw someone at West beach a couple of hundred metres out on another paddle board - another woman with a child and she was struggling too," Mrs Jenkinson said.
"I paddled out to see if she was okay and she told me it was her first time.
"I used my board to push them back in towards the shore - it happened quickly, it was a slight change of wind and suddenly they didn't have control any more."
"Whether people bring their own gear or hire it - there needs to be more instruction for both residents and tourists who come to use the beaches here."
She neither of the children on both boards were wearing life jackets.
"Life jackets aren't compulsory - but if you are inexperienced and unable to read conditions you definitely shouldn't be taking children out."
The two examples are common occurrences at Coast beaches, Mrs Jenkinson said, who regularly patrols at Noosa.
"We do see a lot of this, especially because Noosa is a main destination for tourists," she said.
"Noosa is also known for its flat condition - which is equally as dangerous.
"People think it's nice and flat but there's a shore dump very close to the beach, and people who ride the waves in often get speared into the sand."
She said in her time patrolling the beach several people had suffered spine injuries at Noosa as a result of being dumped by waves.
"It can happen with a simple change of wind or tide," she said.