Powerful Surf Forecast For NSW

Southern facing beaches and exposed rock platforms from the far South Coast through to Seal Rocks on the NSW Mid North Coast have been warned to expect powerful surf conditions tomorrow.

The Bureau of Meteorology and Lifesavers are urging all surfers, swimmers, rock fishers and boat users to check weather forecasts and not to take unnecessary risks while out on the water this weekend.

A southerly swell is expected to intensify overnight with peaks of 3-4 metres forecast along much of the coast. It will continue to strengthen throughout Sunday with coastal winds predicted as well.

With emergency agencies including the Bureau of Meteorology and Council Lifeguards continuing the monitor developing systems throughout the state, it is believed that these powerful swells will continue into Monday before easing next week.

A long swell period of between 12-13 seconds is has also been forecast for most of the coastline with rock fishers in particular urged to be aware of deceptive conditions especially when getting onto and off exposed platforms.

“The warmer weather conditions we experienced late last week have been a welcome break for people looking to escape the cold of winter,” NSW Lifesaving Officer Shaun Hudson said.

“As a result, there has been a slight increase in people heading to the beach and with volunteer lifesavers not due to resume patrols until spring, it’s important that people heed the safety warnings.

“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. If you’re going fishing or out on a boat make sure you always wear a lifejacket,” Mr Hudson concluded.

A number of beaches will remain patrolled around NSW throughout the winter months by Council Lifeguards. Please see www.beachsafe.org.au 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

Sat 23 Jul 2016