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Surf Life Saving NSW is warning that hazardous weather conditions, with strong winds and large southerly swell presents a real danger along with coast this long weekend, in particular for rock fishers.

Strong or gale force winds from the south-west and large waves are expected to build into Sunday and Monday and impact much of the NSW coast.

Surf Life Saving NSW Director of Lifesaving Joel Wiseman says conditions will be  hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, surfing and swimming.

“People should consider staying out of the water. Rock fishers in particular are at risk and should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean,” he said. “This time of year is statistically a very dangerous period for rock fishing accidents and tragedies.”

Large waves will be generated, possibly exceeding 10-foot in the surf zone at south facing beaches.

“Only a handful of beaches are patrolled at this time of year by council lifeguards and it is likely these beaches will be closed due to the conditions,” said Joel Wiseman.

Surf Life Saving NSW club call-out teams, Duty Officers and surf rescue assets including drones continue to be on standby throughout winter to respond to critical coastal incidents.

51 people have drowned along the coast of NSW since 1 July 2021. This is above the 10-year average.

9 people have lost their lives while rock fishing – none was wearing a properly functioning lifejacket.


  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags. See the Beachsafe Website for 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 (000) – Police.

Saturday 11 June 2022