Deceptively Strong Surf For NSW Coastline

Surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology have issued a warning to swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boat users to exercise caution while in the water with deceptively powerful conditions expected along the coast throughout Monday.

The warning is in place for coastline stretching from the Victorian border through to Port Macquarie on the Mid-North Coast.

It is expected that the southerly swell will gradually intensify throughout today before peaking overnight and easing on Tuesday.

Offshore swells of between 2 – 3 metres have been forecast and could potentially build to form deceptively powerful wave sets at southern facing beaches.

Similar conditions are anticipated for tomorrow before the swell gradually eases into Wednesday, however recreational water users are urged not to be complacent about their safety.

A swell period of between 6-11 seconds has been forecast for much of NSW with rock fishers in particular urged to be aware of the conditions especially when getting onto and off exposed platforms.

Surf Life Saving NSW Acting Operations Manager Andy Kent said the warning about potentially hazardous conditions shouldn’t be taken likely especially with the school holidays getting underway this week.

“The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment and the changing conditions. Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are,” Mr Kent said.

“As lifesavers we want everybody to be able to enjoy their time at the beach safely during the busy holiday period, and looking after yourself and those around you is particularly important.”

Volunteer surf lifesavers will patrol NSW beaches each weekend and Public Holiday for the 2016/17 season from Saturday 24 September through to Tuesday April 25 2017. For further information please see

General Safety Tips During Dangerous Surf Conditions:

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See the BeachSafe Website for patrolled locations/times
  • 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
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police

Mon 19 Dec 2016