Stay Safe This Summer: Always Swim Between The Flags

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today reminded local beachgoers to stay safe and always swim between the flags at the beach this summer.

Mr Ward reiterated how important it is to have fun and stay safe at the beach and follow the instructions of our local surf lifesavers.

“With the weather warming up, many families and young people are visiting our local beaches over the school holidays,” he said.

“Highly trained lifeguards will help ensure your safety at patrolled beach however it is important to be aware of rip currents and other hazards at the beach.

“It is also important for parents to make sure their children are aware of the red and yellow flags and how to call for help if they get caught in a rip.

“As always, education about surf safety will be a priority as the Surf Life Saving movement actively works to reduce the coastal drowning fatalities experienced last season,” Mr Ward said.

To make your next trip to the beach safer, be aware of some of the main hazards and follow these simple Beach Safety Tips:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags;
  • Read the safety signs;
  • Ask a lifeguard or lifesaver for safety advice;
  • Plan ahead. Swim with a group of friends;
  • If you need help, stay calm and attract attention by raising your arm above your head;
  • Never enter the water if you have been drinking alcohol or are under the influence of drugs;
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, seek shade and stay hydrated;
  • When rock fishing always make sure you are dressed appropriately, and plan ahead by carrying a phone, and letting people know your plans;
  • Boat skippers and rock fishers should check the local forecast, seek advice from NSW Maritime and always wear a lifejacket; and
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero (000) – Police.

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