Paramedics were called to a suspected shark bite in Kiama on Thursday afternoon.
Just before 4pm, a 35-year-old man received a puncture injury to his lower left leg and foot while swimming at Surf Beach.
It is thought he may have been bitten by a shark.
The beach was patrolled at the time and supervising lifeguard Andy Mole went to the man’s assistance.
The man was treated by paramedics at the scene, however his injuries are superficial.
He was transported by ambulance to Shellharbour hospital.