120 rescues all in a day’s work for lifeguard crew
Noosa lifeguard and professional surfer Vittoria Farmer is most comfortable when she is in the ocean.
But a summer day on Noosa Main Beach will be etched in her memory forever.
“The 2018 season was one of the toughest, yet most rewarding times of my life,” Farmer told Surf Life Saving Queensland.
As the 22-year-old recalled, her team of lifeguards conducted many major rescues in the six-week summer season.
“We had a particularly challenging summer in terms of conditions at Noosa,” she said.
None were more challenging than the day they performed 120 rescues.
“It was a pretty exhausting but rewarding feeling,” Farmer said.
“It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
Heading into her fourth season as a lifeguard, Farmer said it was important she remained vigilant to keep the vast numbers of tourists safe, in and out of the water.
“With the sheer volume of people who come here, it’s quite common to be practising first aid,” she said.
From surfing accidents, to falling on rocks in the National Park or even getting a splinter on the boardwalk, the incidents Coast lifeguards attend to are many and varied.
Farmer and her fellow lifeguards regularly give tips to locals and visitors on surf safety.
“We are constantly educating and answering questions from members of the public,” she said.
“It’s really cool seeing how many different nationalities and cultures come through Noosa and being able to educate them on the surf and conditions.”