Surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology have issued a warning to swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boat users to exercise caution while in the water this weekend with deceptively powerful conditions expected along the coast expected from Saturday.
The warning is in place for coastline stretching from the Far South through to Tweeds Head and the Queensland border.
It is expected that the southerly swell will gradually intensify throughout late Friday before peaking on Saturday afternoon as it travels up the coast.
Swells of between 3 – 4 metres have been forecast with conditions significantly stronger offshore.
The conditions are forecast to ease throughout Saturday and although southern facing beaches are most likely to be impacted, all recreational water users are urged not to be complacent about their safety.
A swell period of between 10-11 seconds has been forecast for much of NSW with rock fishers in particular urged to be aware of deceptive conditions especially when getting onto and off exposed platforms.
Surf Life Saving NSW Acting Operations Manager Andy Kent said the warning about potentially hazardous conditions shouldn’t be taken lightly especially in the context of a horror holiday drowning toll .
“We strongly urge people to be aware of their environment and the changing conditions. Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are,” Mr Kent said.
“It’s critically important that we continue to have these discussions about keeping safe in the ocean environment as sadly sometimes these messages aren’t getting through.
General Safety Tips During Dangerous Surf Conditions
- Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
- Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See www.beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations/times
- Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
- Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
- If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police