NSW surf life savers and lifeguards have issued a strong warning to beachgoers and coastal holidaymakers to observe surf safety warnings during the autumn school holiday period which commenced last Saturday.
SLSNSW manager of life saving, Andy Kent, has emphasised the importance of swimming at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags. ‘Don’t put yourself or your family at risk these holidays’, said Mr Kent. ‘Take advantage of the many beaches that are patrolled by lifesaving services. Volunteer surf life savers will patrol on weekends and public holidays until the end of the season on Sunday April 27.
Weekday lifeguard services will also be delivered in many council areas, including by the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) in the Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Bellingen, Kempsey, Port Stephens and Pittwater Councils.
‘If you are ever unsure about the conditions, have a chat to one of the life savers or lifeguards on duty.
At the beach, follow these simple safety tips:
Always swim between the red and yellow flags; Read the safety signs; Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice; Learn how to identify a rip; If you need help, stay calm and attract attention;
Always wear a lifejacket while rock-fishing; and If you witness an in-water emergency always call the police – 000.