The NSW South Coast around Huskisson and Jervis Bay has some of the most beautiful and safe beaches in NSW. Many people travel long distances to see the white sand of these beaches – Hyams Beach is sometimes advertised as the whitest sand in the world.
According to Surf Life Saving NSW, during 2016 there were more than 6.4 million visits to NSW beaches. Surf Life Saving NSW lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers performed over 5,000 rescues, 26,000 first aid treatments and 440,000 preventative actions. To make your next trip to a NSW beach safer, be aware of some of the main hazards and follow these simple tips. Check the Surf Life Saving NSW website for a complete list and advice.
- Make the most of your time in the water
Brush up on your swimming skills before you go away. If you’ve got children then get into the water with them – it’s easier to keep an eye on them as well as good fun – remember children should always be kept under constant supervision in or near water.
- Be aware of your surroundings
Always follow beach, pool rules and local signs.
Check the beach and pool layout to know where the deep and shallow parts are, especially before jumping or diving in.
Check warning flags and signage on the beach.
Beware of dangerous currents and rips: these can be very powerful. Ask locally if there are any known dangerous currents or dangers caused by the tides and avoid swimming in these areas.
Beware of underwater hazards, such as reefs, rocks, sudden changes in depth and marine life.
Don’t dive or jump from rocks, piers, breakwaters or poolside furniture.
- Follow safety advice
Always swim between the red and yellow flags in NSW.
- Look and take notice of the warning signs at the beach
- Ask any lifeguard or lifesaver present for safety advice
- Learn how to identify a rip – beaches more inclined to have rips usually have good diagrams on a sign at the beach
- If you need help, stay calm and attract attention by raising your arm above your head
- For information on NSW Beach conditions or to find a patrolled beach near you, check out theBeachSafe website or download the mobile app.
- Look out for others
Never swim alone, ‘buddy up’ with others in your party.
Children should be supervised by an adult at all times and never left unattended, even if a lifeguard is present.
Armbands can be a good training aid for children but are not a substitute for supervision.
Never swim at night or after drinking alcohol.
Know how and where to get help, if you see someone in difficulty; raise the alarm – preferably the emergency services – 000 police
- Don’t overestimate your ability
Consider lessons before you go if you think you might need them.
Even if you regularly swim in a pool, remember that open water can be very different, and cold water reduces the distance that you can swim significantly, even for strong swimmers.
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