Strong Surf Forecast For NSW Coast

Powerful conditions forecast for NSW waters from tomorrow have prompted surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for those farewelling the last of the autumn sun to be careful when participating in any water based activity.

A dangerous surf warning is in place from Wednesday for New South Wales waters between Southern NSW and as far north as Wooli in the state’s north.

The deceptively powerful conditions are expected to last until at least Saturday with swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boat users all urged to check the latest forecast.
The southerly swell will develop overnight with a predicted peak of around 3.5 metres as it travels up the coast.

Sydney will likely experience the conditions by mid-morning on Wednesday with the surging surf set to hit Northern NSW in time for the first day of winter on Thursday.

Additionally there will be a long period swell of up to 10 seconds in most parts of the coast, which is particularly important for rock fishers to be aware of as they get on and off exposed platforms.

With the flags coming down on the patrol season in April and only a few beaches across the state patrolled by Lifeguards, NSW Operations Manager Andy Kent has urged the public to take the warnings seriously.

“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,” Mr Kent said.

“A great first point of call is the BeachSafe Website which provides an overview of all the patrolled beaches and also any closures.”

Mr Kent also urged all beachgoers not to take any unnecessary risks.

“The drownings that we have seen over summer reinforce the importance of swimming at a patrolled location and we strongly encourage everyone thinking about engaging in an activity on or around the coast to make that extra effort and go where lifeguards are.”

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 NSWand always wear a lifejacket
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police

Tue 30 May 2017