Powerful Swell Expected Along NSW Coast

Surf Life Saving NSW urges everyone on the coast including recreational boat, rock fisherman, swimmers and surfers to take care after the Bureau of Meteorology forecast a powerful swell to hit the NSW coastline this week.

The southerly swell is expected to peak at around 3.5 metres on Tuesday afternoon with beaches around the Sydney area likely to be among the first effected.

Conditions have been forecast to strengthen later this evening with the powerful waves expected to impact the coastline from the Far South Coast through to the Queensland border throughout Wednesday.

A peak swell of around 4 metres is anticipated for some areas with conditions likely to remain fairly strong throughout the remainder of the week.

Rock fisherman and those taking coastal walks in close proximity to the water’s edge are advised that the swell period – the period it takes for a cycle of waves could be as high as 12 seconds.

Volunteer surf lifesavers across the state resumed patrolling duties for the first time this season last Saturday, and will again be out in force this weekend.

“It’s an exciting time of year for our volunteers who have returned to their beach refreshed and ready to begin their patrols,” NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent said.

“The warm start to spring combined with the school holidays has encouraged people to head to the beach, and we are anticipating a busy start to the new season.

"We would like to encourage everyone to swim between the flags at a patrolled beach and take the time to assess the conditions before heading out.

“Our aim is for everyone to enjoy their day at the beach safely, and these simple tips are important especially as people who are holidaying are visiting a beach that they may visit only a couple of times of year,” Mr Kent concluded.

Lifeguards across a number of council areas will also be on-duty these school holidays, please visit the BeachSafe Website for a full list of patrolled beaches and up-to-date information on conditions.

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.
  • 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.
  • See BeachSafe for patrolled locations/times and rock fishing safety information.
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police.

Tue 22 Sep 2015