Learn to swim and survive and set rules for safe play in the water. Always use safe and correct equipment and know the weather and water conditions before you get in.
Always pay close attention to children you are supervising in or near water. Swim with others and in areas where lifeguards are present.
Enter shallow and unknown water feet first and obey all safety signs and warning flags. Do not enter the water after drinking alcohol.
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger
The beach can be a dangerous place - these are some hazards you should be aware of:
Boats pose a hazard to swimmers and other surf users.
Always respect the power of waves and understand the different types.
Submerged objects/rocks could trap a swimmer, or cause injury to surf users, always enter shallow or unknown water feet first to prevent injury. Be aware of the surface under your feet and watch for hazards.
Rip currents are dangerous and can sweep a swimmer out to sea quickly. Learn to recognise rips so you can avoid them. Always swim between the flags as these will be placed in the safest area.
Get up to date marine weather forecasts and understand the conditions before you set off.
Watch out for holes and sudden changes in water depth. You could find yourself out of your depth without warning.
Beware of falling rocks and debris. Stay away from cliff edges and any area debris may fall. Dune surfaces can be unpredictable and unstable.
Patrolled beaches are the safest place to swim, because surf lifeguards will have identified the safest spot on the beach, and placed their flags to indicate where this is.
Surf lifeguards on patrol will be on the lookout for people who need help. If you are in trouble, keep calm and raise your hand in the air.
Surf lifeguards are your backup plan. If you’ve taken the time to follow the Water Safety Code chances are you won’t need rescuing. Make sure you’ve followed the simple rules so you are prepared.