Surf safety is an extremely important issue when visiting the popular Australian beaches. Below are the flags that you may see when at the beach, and the relevant meanings for each of them. Please make sure that you abide by these flags. They are there for your safety.
|Swimming Area*||Good Swimming Conditions*||Unstable Water Conditions||Do Not Enter the Water||Swimming Prohibited||Surfing Permitted|
* between the red and yellow flags
The perfect way to relax in Australia is to go to the beach. Although it is great fun there are a few guidelines you should follow to ensure a safe and enjoyable day, including:
* Always use a high protection sunscreen.
* Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
* Avoid sitting out in the sun during the middle of the day.
* Make sure you cover up if going into the water (wear a t-shirt).
* Do not swim after you have eaten or if you have consumed alcohol.
* Follow all instructions from the Lifeguards on duty.
* Swim in the designated areas (normally marked by red and yellow flags).
* Do not swim on beaches that are closed or that aren't patrolled by Lifeguards.
* Stay out of the water if unsure of the surf conditions or there are no safety flags.
* Stay close to the shore if there is a yellow flag.
* If you get caught in a rip then swim diagonally across it. Do not struggle against it.
* If caught in a rip stay on your float or surfboard.
* If you are in trouble then raise one arm, and wait for assistance.