Beach Lifeguard Service

Australia boasts some of the most picturesque beaches on the planet with the coastline stretching for nearly 36,000km, including over 11,500 beaches, which is more than any other nation. This, coupled with 85% of Australia’s population of over 20 million people living within one hour’s drive of the coastline, means there needs to be a professional organisation dedicated to saving lives on our beaches.

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) is a fully integrated national lifeguard service, providing services to more than 65 local government authorities and land managers across Australia. The ALS provides a committed, proactive and professional service on the beaches and within the community. The ALS is the sole provider of lifeguard services to coastal local government areas in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the major provider of services in Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales.

The ALS is one of the largest providers of paid lifeguards in the world and the largest in the southern hemisphere, employing in excess of 700 lifeguards across all States of Australia and encompassing more than 200 beaches nationally.

River Mouth Beach 

River Mouth Beach lies across the mouth of the usually blocked Margaret River. The beach faces southwest and curves for 500m between the boundaries of calcarenite bluffs of the old valley side to the south and a low reef to the north, where it forms a sandy foreland. It is backed by the dammed river which can break out at either end of the beach, resulting in a flat, overwashed area behind the steep beach.The beach is partly protected by reefs with waves increasing in height up the beach to approximately 1m. Lower waves break right on the steep beach with higher waves breaking as a heavy shorebreak or heavily on a narrow bar. The short heavy beach break known as the Margaret River Mouth, while a hazard to swimmers, does attract surfers when waves exceed 1m.

Beach patrols

In conjunction with the ALS, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Recreation Centre provides a Beach Lifeguard service at the Margaret River Mouth Beach and patrols commence at the beginning of the December school holidays and continue until the Anzac Day long weekend.

During this period the service operates daily between 10am and 5pm.

For more information on patrols for your local beaches contact the Margaret River Recreation Centre or visit Surf Life Saving WA