Not everyone has been lucky enough to grow up on the coast. So if you don’t have those childhood memories of long summers at the beach, you may not be familiar with the surf safety basics.
The Surf Life Saving Association of NSW (SLS NSW) provides the following tips:
- Swim between the red & yellow flags
They mark the area that is watched by surf lifesavers and lifeguards.
- Raise your arm
If you need help in the water, stick your hand up and shout for help. Stay calm, float and wait for help.
- Safety signs
Look for the safety signs as they tell you about the dangers at the beach.
- Ask a lifesaver
Ask a lifesaver about safety at the beach or where to swim.
- Swim with a friend
Friends can watch our for each other and go for help if needed.
If you get into trouble or see someone that is in trouble in the water, call for a surf lifesaver/lifeguard or telephone 000.
Other things SLS NSW say to remember:
- Always make sure you can stand up and touch the bottom when in the water.
- Do not swim immediately after you have eaten a meal.
- Only swim during daylight hours and at beaches that are patrolled by lifesavers/lifeguard.
- Do not swim after drinking alcohol.
- Never jump or dive into the water.
Surf Life Saving NSW website also provides the same safety information translated into many languages. Visit the SLS NSW site for translated safety advice >>
Be Sun Safe
Always think about sun protection when you're heading out and about. Be prepared:
- apply sunscreen before you leave, and re-apply it ever two hours
- wear a hat, t-shirt, and sunglasses
- take a beach umbrella for shade, or find a shady spot under a tree
Find Out More
For beach safety information, and resources to help you stay safe near the surf, visit the BeachSafe site. This site can provide you with a list of patrolled beaches in your area, and offers safety advice translated into many languages.
In an emergency
UOW Campus: Dial #1 from any campus security phone
Police, Fire, Ambulance: Call 000 from any phone
Report a crime: Call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444
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