Water Safety is Everyone’s Priority

For over 100 years volunteer surf lifesavers have taken pride in their role of keeping beachgoers safe as they enjoy all that our wonderful and diverse beaches have to offer.

As accommodation providers no matter where you are based on the coastline you are in a unique position to be able to provide information to your guests about the conditions that are specific to your area.

They say that education is the best form of prevention, and at Surf Life Saving we take our role of educating the public about the dangers and challenges of a day at the beach very seriously.

We have put together some handy tips from some of our public education campaigns. These include tips and strategies for rock fishing, shark encounters and sun exposure and these have been designed to be communicated with your guests.

For further information or to obtain a copy of our “seven tips for summer” poster please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly education team on (02) 9471 8000 or webmaster@surflifesaving.com.au

General Tips For Keeping Safe At The Beach

• Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website
• Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information
• Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water
• Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising your arm
• In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police • For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or Download the App

Safety Tips For Rock Fishing

• Check the weather, surf conditions and tides before going fishing
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
• Always wear a lifejacket
• Wear appropriate non-slip footwear and light clothing
• Always fish with a friend
• Check the warnings signs for information about the area
• Never turn your back to the water
• Do not try and retrieve anything that has fallen into the water
• Do not jump in if someone falls into the water - wait for assistance or throw an ‘Angel Ring’ or Lifebuoy if there is one nearby
• Additionally boaters are urged to always check conditions prior and to log on with their local Marine Rescue Base via radio or using the MarineRescue App. See www.mrnsw.com.au for more information
• Call Triple Zero – Police to report an in-water emergency

Be SharkSmart This Summer

• Tell an on-duty lifesaver or lifeguard if a shark is spotted near swimmers or surfers
• Don't swim too far from shore. • Swim in groups.
• Avoid swimming and surfing when it's dark or during twilight hours.
• Avoid murky water, waters with known effluents or sewage.
• Avoid areas used by recreational or commercial fishers.
• Avoid areas with signs of baitfish or fish feeding activity; diving seabirds are a good indicator of fish activity.
• Do not rely on sightings of dolphins to indicate the absence of sharks; both often feed together on the same food.
• Be aware that sharks may be present between sandbars or near steep drop offs.
• Avoid swimming in canals, and swimming or surfing in river/harbour mouths.
• Avoid having pets in the water with you.
• Do not swim/surf near or interfere with shark nets.

Source - http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/sharks/sharksmart

Beat The Heat

• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
• Avoid the diuretic effects of alcohol
• Bring a long sleeve shirt to cover up after spending time in the sun
• Stay out of direct sunlight where possible during the hottest parts of the day
• Apply plenty of sunscreen and reapply regularly
• Know the warning signs of heat stress (excessive sweating, rapid heart rate, nausea etc)
• Seek medical attention from lifesavers or lifeguards if feeling unwell
• Remember SLIP on some protective clothing, SLOP on some sunscreen, SLAP on a hat, SLIDE on a pair of sunglasses, SEEK some shade, and SIP on lots of water

Mon 19 Dec 2016