Beach and Surf Safety

Lifeguards Top Tips 

Council lifeguards want you and your family to enjoy our beautiful beaches.  Here you will find some very helpful information from our Lifeguards on beach safety, to ensure you enjoy your visit to the beach and stay safe.

Lifeguards Top Tips - Translated versions

Please observe the following water safety information which may save your life. Always swim between the red and yellow flags.  If in trouble raise one arm up in the air to signal for a lifeguard assistance, stay calm and float until help arrives.

  • NO flags, NO swim - Always swim between the red and yellow flags. The flags indicate an area that is best for swimming in, 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 then the beach is closed or unpatrolled. No Flags No Swim 
  • Do Not PANIC if you get into trouble or caught in a rip - 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
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Sun Safe

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
  • Slop on 30+, broad-spectrum sunscreen
  • Slap on a broad brimmed or legionnaires hat
  • Seek shade
  • Slide on wrap around sunglasses

More information on sun safety here.

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