Beach Lifeguards

The beaches of Cronulla are situated on the Bate Bay coastline in the south eastern corner of Sydney. The area covers approximately five kilometres of sandy beaches as well as two kilometres of rocky coastline and five tidal pools situated at Kurnell, Cronulla Beach, Shelley Beach, Oak Park and Gunnamatta Baths. The beaches are a high profile beach environment servicing more than 6,000,000 beach users annually.

Sutherland Shire Council employs Professional lifeguards to patrol Cronulla, North Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda beaches.

Cronulla beach is patrolled year round whilst North Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda are patrolled from November – April.

Council lifeguards provide school education activities at North Cronulla from May to September, Monday to Friday, 11:30am - 2:30pm.


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Lifeguards and Lifesavers

Cronulla’s beaches are patrolled by both Sutherland Shire Council professional lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers. The two groups work together during summer to ensure the safety of the members of the general public while swimming at Cronulla’s four flagged swimming areas. These areas are Cronulla Beach, North Cronulla Beach, Elouera Beach and Wanda Beach. Lifeguards and lifesavers use rescue boards, rescue tubes, boats and jet skis to make rescues at the beach. 

Professional Lifeguards

Cronulla’s professional lifeguards are employed by Sutherland Shire Council year round. The lifeguards patrol all four beaches daily during the summer months, from late September to late April, and Cronulla Beach all year as the flags stay up during winter at this beach. Lifeguards are highly trained in rescue and resuscitation techniques and also must pass gruelling fitness tests once a month. Sutherland Shire Council lifeguards are recognisable by their blue and white uniform with red lifeguard written on the front and back of their shirts.

Volunteer Lifesavers

Cronulla’s volunteer lifesavers are all members of Surf Life Saving Australia. Each lifesaver is a member of one of the four Bate Bay clubs, Cronulla, North Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda. The volunteer lifesavers perform their patrols at that club’s beach. Volunteer lifesavers patrol our beaches on weekends and public holidays from October to April. All volunteers must be competent in basic resuscitation and first aid, and have completed a fitness test. Volunteer lifesavers are recognisable by their red shorts, yellow shirt and red and yellow quartered caps.

Beach Patrol 

November to March (summer season)

Cronulla, North Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda are patrolled seven days per week from 8am to 5.30pm.

October and April 

Cronulla, North Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda are patrolled seven days per week from 8am to 4.30pm.

May - September (winter season)

Cronulla Beach is patrolled Monday to Sunday 7:30am - 3:30pm.

School education activities 

Council lifeguards provide school education activities at North Cronulla from May to September, Monday to Friday, 11:30am - 2:30pm.

Emergencies and Special Events

Council lifeguards will periodically maintain, monitor and respond to identified emergencies at all beach areas and during special events Monday to Sunday between 7.00am to 4pm.



Working together to keep the community safe - council Lifeguard (left) and Volunteer Surf Lifesaver (right)

Surf Safety

Please observe the following water safety information which may save your life.

  • NO FLAGS NO SWIM! Always swim between the red and yellow flags. The flags indicate a supervised swimming area, so never swim outside the flags
  • DO NOT SWIM directly after a meal or if under the influence of alcohol
  • DO NOT SWIM when the beach is closed or unpatrolled. If there are no red and yellow flags this means the beach is closed or unpatrolled. No Flags No Swim 
  • DO NOT PANIC if you get caught in a rip or current - raise one arm up in the air to signal for lifeguard assistance, stay calm and float until help arrives
  • DO NOT STRUGGLE if you get a cramp - raise your arm for help and float or keep the affected parts of your body still
  • DO NOT STRUGGLE against a rip or current - swim diagonally across it, towards the white water
  • ALWAYS supervise your child in or around any body of water
  • IF UNSURE of surf conditions ask the lifeguards or lifesaver for advice.

Sun Safety

Make sure when you visit the beach you are sun safe and take adequate precautions.  Always wear sunscreen SPF 30+ or higher, a hat and a shirt. It is also wise to avoid long periods of direct exposure to the sun during the hottest hours of the day. 

Cancer Council NSW tips:. 

  • Slip on clothing that covers your arms and legs
  • Slap on a broad brimmed or legionnaires hat
  • Slop on 30+, broad-spectrum sunscreen
  • Seek shade
  • Slide on wrap around sunglasses

Council has worked in with the Cancer Council to promote the Sun Sound. You are likely to hear this unique tune when enjoying our beaches and leisure centres. More information on the Sun Sound here.

Surf Lifesaving Clubs

Cronulla's beaches are proudly supported by four Surf Lifesaving Clubs that run a range of community based activities including nippers, surf patrols, sporting events, training and accreditation activities.

Information relating to each club's programs, function hire and memberships should be directed to the club in question.

9523 5300
North Cronulla
9523 5846
9523 7295
9523 4343

Surf Patrol Information - visit Beachsafe


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More information

Policies and documents

Plan of Management - Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club Plan of Management - Elouera Surf Lifesaving Club Plan of Management - North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club


Enquiries can be directed to Lifeguard Headquarters on 8522 2100 or

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