Dangerous Surf for the Weekend

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting dangerous surf conditions for the central and southern NSW coastline for Friday 22 February until Sunday 24 February.

An Easterly/South Easterly swell of up to 6m is expected, peaking in Sydney on Saturday morning. Conditions will result in an extreme level of risk at coastal beaches, rock shelves, coastal cliffs and bar-crossings.

“We’re potentially looking at a reasonable storm event and our patrols and emergency callout teams are all on high alert,” said SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey.

“We’d advise people stay out of the water and away from rock platforms and headlands until these conditions moderate,” he said.

It is likely most patrolled areas will be closed.

Storm damage and beach erosion is possible in some coastal areas.

Public Safety Messages - During Dangerous Surf Warning

  • 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 000 – Police

Fri 22 Feb 2013