Strong Swell and Winds Expected Along NSW Coast

Surf Life Saving NSW urges all coastal water users including recreational boat users, rock fishermen, swimmers and surfers to be aware that a dangerous surf warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology from Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July.

The Bureau of Metrology (BOM) is forecasting powerful surf conditions between Port Macquarie and Batemans Bay from Friday 17 July through until Sunday 19 July 2015. During this time a southerly offshore swell is expected to be between 3 and 5 metres with conditions expected to ease throughout Sunday.

Strong Southerly/South Westerly winds of 20-40 knots are also expected, with a gale wind warning issued by the BOM for some areas of the coast.

Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

“Although the larger swells are expected off-shore, challenging conditions may also occur at exposed beaches and rock platforms. Everyone including rock fishermen, swimmers, and surfers should employ the same safety tips that they do during summer,” SLSNSW Operations Manager Adam Weir said.

“Things like fishing with a friend, wearing a life jacket, letting people know your plans, taking the time to assess conditions, and being aware of your environment are all tips that everyone should make as part of their routine when heading to the coast,” he concluded.

Despite volunteer patrols finishing in April, Surf Life Saving assets are on stand-by to respond to coastal emergencies if required.

A limited number of beaches are patrolled throughout the winter months by council lifeguards, please check the Beachsafe Website for a list of patrolled beaches, up-to-date beach information and safety tips.

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

Useful Links:


Bureau of Meteorology

Marine Rescue NSW

Thu 16 Jul 2015