Dangerous Surf Conditions

Surf Life Saving NSW is advising swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boat skippers to exercise caution as dangerous surf conditions are expected Monday and into Tuesday along much of the NSW coast.

Dangerous surf conditions and strong southerly winds are expected from the far South Coast up to the Mid North Coast, peaking on Monday morning in Sydney.

A southerly swell of up to four metres with a peak period of around 11 seconds will result in a higher level of risk for exposed and south-facing beaches and headlands, which is particularly hazardous for rock fishing. The long period swell conditions mean that a rockfishing location can look safe, until a larger set of waves comes through intermittently, inundating rock platforms.

Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent said, “We’d advise against people swimming at unpatrolled locations and to stay away from rock platforms and headlands until these conditions moderate.”

There are many beaches in NSW currently patrolled by lifeguards on weekdays. Go to beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations.

Public Safety Messages - During Dangerous Surf Conditions

  • Swim only at patrolled beaches between the red/yellow flags (No flags, No swim
  • Avoid rock-fishing on the open coastline
  • Inexperienced surfers should avoid surfing
  • Boaties should check their local forecast, seek advice from NSW Maritime and always wear a lifejacket
  • Visit Beachsafe for information on patrolled beaches/times
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero (000) – Police

Sun 3 Nov 2013