The Ten Commandments of Surf Safety
- Always swim or surf at a beach patrolled by lifesavers or lifeguards.
- Swim between the red &yellow flags. They mark the safest areas to swim.
- Avoid swimming alone or unsupervised.
- Read the signs. If a beach is closed, don’t swim there.
- If you are unsure of the surf conditions ask a lifeguard or lifesaver.
- Don’t swim directly after a meal.
- Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Don’t run or dive in the water, always check the conditions.
- If you get in trouble in the water, don’t panic, raise one arm up and float until help arrives.
- Float with a rip current or undertow, don’t swim against it.
Incoming tides isolate rocks from headlands and the shore. Avoid the temptation of strolling out to a secluded area without knowing when the tide rolls back in. The tide can quickly come in without you realising you’ve been cut off.
Free tide tables are readily available at most beaches or displayed on the lifeguard tower. Stay off rocks and small, enclosed beaches and know when the tide times to avoid getting rescued.
Rip currents are strong currents of water that rush out to sea. They are stronger than even the best swimmer. These currents can swiftly sweep unwary surfers and body boarders out to sea. Swim sideways across the rip.
These rip currents may appear as dark, choppy water. Any time you see debris and foam floating out to sea, chances are you have found a rip current. Avoid the area and if in doubt, don’t go out.