Strong Surf Expected On NSW Coast

Surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology have issued a warning to swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boat users to exercise caution in the water with deceptively powerful conditions expected along the coast on Thursday.

The warning is in place for coastline stretching from the South Coast through to Seal Rocks, although Northern NSW and the Far North Coast could potentially experience the conditions in the evening as the swell travels north.

It is expected that the swell will gradually intensify overnight on Wednesday before peaking at around 3 metres throughout tomorrow.

Early forecasts indicate that the swell will ease into Friday to between 1.5 – 2 metres; however conditions could remain stronger offshore.

A swell period of around 10 seconds has been forecast for much of NSW with rock fishers in particular urged to be aware of deceptive conditions especially when getting onto and off exposed platforms.

NSW Lifesaving Officer Shaun Hudson has urged all beachgoers not to take any unnecessary risks especially as volunteer surf lifesavers aren’t on patrol on weekdays.

“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.

“Weather forecasts are continually updated and it’s important to make sure you are aware of the best possible information,” Mr Hudson said.

“We do have lifesaving assets in place to respond to any coastal emergency but the best defence is for people to use their common sense and look out for their own and others safety.”

Volunteer surf lifesavers will patrol NSW beaches each weekend and Public Holiday for the 2016/17 season from Saturday 24 September through to Tuesday April 25 2017. For further information please see

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 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

Wed 12 Oct 2016