With the first full week of school holidays getting underway from today, Surf Life Saving NSW is encouraging parents, students, friends and the community in general to be ‘beach safe’ this winter.
A mild start to winter means that coastal activities such as fishing, surfing, swimming and boating are still an attractive way to spend a day, and it is important that people take precautions to keep themselves safe.
The tragic death of a man off the coast of Nelson Bay on Saturday as well as a serious injury to a rock fisherman at Warriewood reinforces the dangers of the coastal environment.
‘New South Wales is truly fortunate to have such diversity along our coastline that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. We want everyone to be able to enjoy it safely, and take the same safety precautions in winter as they would during the busier summer months,’ NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent said.
‘It is important to get to know the conditions of the environment especially if you are at an unfamiliar beach that you only visit a few times a year. Let people know your plans, swim, surf, and fish with a partner and understand your limit is a good proactive approach that people can take,’ he concluded.
Volunteer patrols finished in April, however Surf Life Saving assets are on stand-by to respond to coastal emergencies if required.
A limited number of beaches will be patrolled throughout the winter months by council lifeguards, please check the Beachsafe website for a list of patrolled beaches, up-to-date beach information and safety tips.
General safety tips
- Let others know your plans inform them where you will be and what time you expect to return
• Swim, surf and fish with a partner where possible
• Wear the correct and recommended safety and sun protection gear – For example a life jacket for fishing and boating
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
• Take the time to assess the conditions, and know your limits before entering the water
• Get into the habit of checking the weather forecast before heading to the coast, talk to locals and get a feel of the environment