Enjoy the beach but do it safely
  • Friday 30 December 2011

Another long weekend ahead, time to catch up with friends and family, relax and hit the beach. But while it might be the ‘silly season’, this doesn’t mean you should get silly about beach safety.

Sunshine Coast Council Lifeguard Services Manager, Scott Braby said the New Year’s Eve long weekend provided a great opportunity to enjoy the Sunshine Coast’s many beautiful beaches as long as beachgoers and holiday makers remember to pack some simple beach safety messages.

"While it might seem like ‘Beach Safety 101’, during the festive holiday season it can be pretty easy to get caught up in the excitement and take unnecessary risks which can unfortunately lead to tragedy," he said.

"Heading into the long weekend surf conditions are forecast to continue to improve although will remain unstable as a result of the recent large seas and sand movement. There will still be a number of rips prevailing.

"Caution is advised for all beachgoers and inexperienced surfers."

Some simple tips for all beachgoers to keep top of mind include:

  • Swim only at a beach patrolled by council lifeguards or volunteer lifesavers
  • No matter how safe the conditions may seem, swim only between the red and yellow flags
  • Read and obey signs and directions from lifeguards and lifesavers
  • Supervise children at all times
  • Be aware of your limitations
  • Do not swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • REMEMBER NO FLAGS = NO SWIM.