Summer fun begins at beaches, pools | Nuatali Nelmes

GREAT FUN: A new giant inflatable at Beresfield Swimming Centre is already proving popular.
GREAT FUN: A new giant inflatable at Beresfield Swimming Centre is already proving popular.

A new giant inflatable is making its first big splash at Beresfield Swimming Centre with the opening of the 2018-19 beach and pool season.

Kids loved the 12-metre-long 'Mighty Medley' inflatable along with additional shading and seating, all designed to make the pool a better place for families to relax in summer.

Given the distance from our western suburbs like Beresfield and Tarro to the beaches and ocean baths, as well as substantial growth in the use of the pool, the City is thrilled to provide these new additions.

On the beaches, the City's professional lifeguards have returned to patrols equipped with a new high-powered, light-weight jet ski.

Based at Nobbys Beach, where lifeguards patrol year-round, the jet ski will act as a 'guardian angel' between Stockton Bight and Merewether Beach.

Lifeguards Ian Gordon and Scott Hammerton have already made use of the speedy water craft to save a man swept off rocks behind the Bogey Hole.

The jet ski is employed during shark sightings, mass rescues, in large surf when the rescue board is not adequate, for boats in distress close to shore, to assist the Westpac when they need back-up, and to patrol the flagged areas on the busiest beach days.

The rescue is a great reminder for all of us to keep water safety in mind so that everyone enjoys a happy, healthy and safe summer.

Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor