Ocean swell forecast: dangerous
SURF Life Saving New South Wales (SLSNSW) is advising swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boat skippers to take extreme caution as dangerous ocean conditions are expected across most of the NSW coast today.
The seas are being whipped up by a low pressure system in the Tasman Sea which is creating large swells reaching one to two metres and south-east winds upwards of 20 knots.
Large waves will affect beaches, rock shelves and headlands and river bar crossings and create dangerous conditions for swimmers, surfers, rock fishermen and boaties.
It is advising that the wave period of the swell will range between eight and 16 seconds, posing a large threat to rock fisherman in particular.
“People need to take extreme care when visiting the coastline in the coming few days,” SLSNSW Lifesaving Manager Dean Storey said.
He said to avoid putting themselves at risk people should only swim between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches.
Rock fishermen are being advised to wear lifejackets and to check conditions and wear proper footwear, or consider staying at home.
Novice surfers are being advised to avoid the ocean while boaties should avoid crossings and seek local advice on weather and bar conditions.