Strong Sunday Surf Forecast For NSW

Swimmers, surfers, and rockfishers looking to take a break from the clean-up of last week by hitting the water are urged to be vigilant with powerful surf conditions expected to hit the NSW coastline from tomorrow.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a dangerous surf warning for the coastline between Jervis Bay in the state’s south through to the Queensland border.

Swells are expected to increase in intensity throughout the early hours of Sunday peaking at over 3 metres along much of the coast by mid-morning.

Conditions are likely to remain challenging throughout the remainder of the day with the large southerly swell expected to ease into Monday.

Along with the strong swells that have been forecast, rock fishers in particular need to be aware that a long period swell of between 10-12 seconds is expected.

After a suspected drowning at Bondi Beach earlier this week, lifesaving manager Andy Kent has again 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, we strongly 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.

“Once you get to beach if you have any doubt about your abilities in the conditions it is best not to go out. As we saw last week conditions can change extremely quickly, and the ocean needs to be respected,” he 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 <a href=https://beachsafe.org.au/">BeachSafefor 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 11 Jun 2016