Approaching Dangerous Surf Conditions For NSW

Surf Life Saving NSW is warning of rapidly increasing dangerous surf condition to affect the NSW Coast over the next two days.

A large southerly swell is expected to quickly build on Tuesday with a peak of 5 metres affecting the coastline from the Victorian Border to Seal Rocks and extending north to Coffs Harbour on Wednesday before easing on Wednesday night.

The large seas will be accompanied by gale force winds and strong rain creating very dangerous surf conditions for rock fishermen, swimmers, boaties and surfers.

Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Manager, Andy Kent, warns that the weather will be terrible beach weather and people should avoid swimming at unpatrolled beaches and fishing on the open coastline until the swell begins to decline on Thursday.

“With the onset of these dangerous conditions we strongly encourage swimmers to follow all safety warnings and avoid entering the water unless there is an active patrol on duty, which will be signified by the red and yellow flags.

“The conditions over the next two days will be anything but ideal for the beach with plenty of wind, rain and dangerous surf and people should be thinking of avoiding the ocean until it begins to settle down on Thursday,” said Mr Kent.

Public Safety Messages for Dangerous Surf Conditions

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
  • See for patrolled locations/times and rock fishing safety information
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police

Mon 13 Oct 2014