The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a significant 4-6 metre southerly swell.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a significant 4-6 metre southerly swell. Trevor Veale

Large southerly swell set to play havoc on our beaches

A VISIT to the beach this weekend will take more care than usual.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a significant 4-6 metre southerly swell with a long swell period of around 12-14 seconds which is expected to build rapidly on Friday and peak on Saturday.

With strong winds also forecast these conditions will be hazardous for coastal activities such as swimming, surfing and rock fishing.

Surf Life Saving support operations and emergency callout teams are on high-alert following four recent drownings across NSW this month.

"With the onset of these dangerous conditions we strongly encourage swimmers to follow all safety warnings and avoid entering the water," said Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Manager, Andy Kent.

"While the official patrol season has ended there are still some patrolled beaches in metro areas and I would encourage people to avoid swimming at any unpatrolled locations."

If witnessing an in-water emergency call 000-Police. For full details on which beaches are patrolled and patrol times during winter go to beachsafe.org.au, which is also available as an iPhone app.

At the beach, follow these simple safety tips:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Read the safety signs
  • Always wear a lifejacket while rock-fishing
  • Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice
  • If you need help, stay calm and attract attention
  • Learn how to identify a rip


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