Surf Safety Tips

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Last year there were more than 6.4 million visits to NSW beaches. Our lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers performed over 5,000 rescues, 26,000 first aid treatments and 440,000 preventative actions.

To make your next trip to the beach safer, be aware of some of the main hazards and follow these simple tips:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Read the safety signs
  • Ask a lifeguard or lifesaver for safety advice
  • Swim with a friend
  • If you need help, stay calm and attract attention by raising your arm above your head
  • Never enter the water if you have been drinking alcohol or are under the influence of drugs
  • Wear sunscreen, seek shade and stay hydrated
  • Boat skippers and rockfishers should check the local forecast, seek advice from NSW Maritime and always wear a lifejacket
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero (000) – Police

For information on Beach conditions or to find a patrolled beach near you, check out the BeachSafe website or download the mobile app.