As an expected influx of crowds prepare to descend on beaches across the State this long weekend, lifesavers have issued a warning encouraging those looking to make the most of their break to enjoy the ocean safely.
With the exception of some clubs on the Far South Coast, volunteer surf lifesavers are back on the beach for the new patrol season.
After performing 21 rescues across the State on the opening weekend and with school holidays in full swing, lifesavers are anticipating a busy weekend on what is usually a very popular period on our beaches.
"It’s important that everyone knows their limitations. If you have any doubt about your ability, it’s better to stay on the sand."Matt du Plessis
Temperatures are expected to fluctuate in the mid to high 20s throughout much of NSW across the long weekend, making beaches a desirable place to be.
NSW Lifesaving manager Matt du Plessis said public holidays are always a busy time for volunteers, with many people shaking off the winter blues and taking advantage of the warm spring weather to head to the beach.
“We’ve also got the AFL and NRL grand finals this weekend so a lot of people are going to be celebrating around the barbeque.
“We want to remind people that if you are going to have a drink, that water and alcohol don’t mix,” he said.
Although patrolling lifesavers will be out in force throughout the weekend including Monday, the public are being urged to take notice of beach safety tips before heading for the coast.
“It’s important that everyone knows their limitations. If you have any doubt about your ability, it’s better to stay on the sand. Be prepared, let others know your plans and if you’re going to fish from rocks, wear the right gear including a lifejacket.
“Our lifesavers are there to make sure everyone enjoys their time at the beach safely, so let us help you by only swimming between the red and yellow flags,” Mr du Plessis concluded.
Volunteer surf lifesavers will be patrolling NSW beaches each weekend and public holiday until Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Tips for keeping safe at the beach:
- Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website
- Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information
- Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water
- Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising your arm
- In an emergency, dial triple zero police