Powerful Swell Forecast for NSW Coastline

Surf Life Saving NSW is urging all swimmers, surfers, and rockfishers to check the latest forecasts before heading out for a day on the coast following the issue of a dangerous surf warning for the entire NSW coastline.

The warning covers the area from Gabo Island near the Victorian border through to Point Danger just south of the Gold Coast, and is in place for Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 April.

A southerly swell with waves of up to 4 metres has been forecast with conditions expected to peak later on Monday.

At around 1pm AEST the swell period – the time between each set is expected to be around 16 seconds.

Conditions should ease throughout the evening before the swell is expected to gradually increase to a peak of between 2-4 metres throughout Tuesday.

NSW Life Saving Manager Andy Kent urges all coastal users to take the time to assess the environment before heading out as the long swell period could create a false impression of the conditions.

“The best way to get an idea of the conditions is to watch the waves through an entire cycle, a rock platform that may look like a safe fishing option could in fact be under water when larger waves sweep through,” Mr Kent said.

“If you have any doubt about the conditions it is best to not go out, but please talk to lifesavers, lifeguards, and locals especially if you are holidaying at an unfamiliar beach.”

Extra care should also be taken by boat skippers crossing coastal bars, rockfishers, swimmers and surfers.

Some beaches may be closed due to hazardous conditions. Check the Beachsafe Website for up-to-date beach information.

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 the Beachsafe Website patrolled locations/times and rock fishing safety information.
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police.

Mon 13 Apr 2015