Beach flags get makeover
BEACHGOERS will soon spot two changes to the patrol flags on NSW beaches.
Surf Life Saving’s traditional blue flags for board riders will be replaced by black and white chequered flags to show the surf-craft boundary zone.
Secondly, the iconic red and yellow patrol flags will be complemented by a red and yellow ‘feather’ to help bathers and swimmers better identify the patrolled zones.
The changes come under a new Australian Surf Life Saving standard.
SLSNSW State Lifesaving Manager Dean Storey said because majority of coastal drowning deaths happen outside the patrolled area, it’s important the visibility of the patrol flags on busy and long beaches, with multiple access ways, is improved.
One local example of which is Coffs Harbour’s popular Park Beach break.
“The improved visual impact of the red and yellow feather on both busy and remote beaches is very important to help people identify the patrolled swimming area and make a smart choice to swim between the flags,” Mr Storey said.
“While the feathered flags are already used on many beaches, SLSNSW is working with its clubs, the Australian Lifeguard Service and Council Lifeguard partners to roll-out the feathered flags across all beaches this summer,” he said.
The patrol season starts on Saturday, September 24 and all of the 129 Surf Life Saving clubs and 88 Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard services will fly the new flags.