Powerful Surf Expected Along NSW Coast

The first weekend of winter is expected to be a challenging one for swimmers, surfers, boat users, and rock fishers with powerful swells and strong coastal winds prompting the Bureau of Meteorology and Surf Life Saving NSW to issue a warning to beachgoers.

A peak east/north east swell of four metres is expected to impact the coastline on Saturday from Southern NSW right through to the Queensland Border.

Similar conditions are forecast to continue throughout Sunday and into Monday with large and powerful swells right along the coast expected.

Along with the powerful swells that have been forecast, rock fishers in particular need to be aware that a long period swell of up to 12 seconds is anticipated.

Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent has reminded the public that there are no volunteer lifesavers on patrol during winter and urges those heading to the beach to visit beachsafe.org.au to find a beach that is patrolled by Council Lifeguards.

“The public needs to be aware that while our callout teams are ready to respond to coastal emergencies, for this weekend we would advise people to think carefully before entering the water.”

Mr Kent said there are a number of ways people can protect themselves while enjoying coastal activities during winter and urges the public to not overestimate their abilities or underestimate the conditions.

“The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment. Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are, the conditions this weekend look like they will be ugly.

“Once you get to beach if you have any doubt about your abilities in the conditions it is best not to go out,” he concluded.

A number of beaches will remain patrolled around NSW throughout the winter months by Council Lifeguards. Please see BeachSafe for a full list of these patrolled locations. Volunteer lifesavers will return for the commencement of the 2016/17 season from Saturday September 24.

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 BeachSafe 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

Fri 3 Jun 2016