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Surf and swell conditions are set to be hazardous over the coming days, with Surf Life Saving NSW issuing a particular warning to those intending to go rockfishing, boating or swimming.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Hazardous Surf Warning for the north of the state today (Wednesday 30 March) with the warning extending further south on Thursday to encompass Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden coastal areas tomorrow.

The message is clear – take care if visiting the coastline.

“Conditions will futher deteriorate over the next few days along the coast,” Surf Life Saving NSW Director of Lifesaving, Joel Wiseman said.

“Given the conditions we are currently experiencing in the Northern Rivers and what we are expecting to develop off the coast, I would strongly urge people to understand their limitations and avoid taking unnecessary risks in the water.

“Big swell can hamper our efforts to respond to people in distress, so it’s important to consider your options so you don’t put our volunteers in harms way.

“I would encourage you to check BeachSafe if you do decide to take to the water.”

Club call-out teams, Duty Officers and surf rescue assets are on standby, as always, to respond to critical coastal incidents.


  • 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.

Wednesday 30 March 2022