Strong swell forecast for North Coast

Surf Life Saving NSW is urging all rock fishers, swimmers, surfers and recreational boat users to be cautious as large swells are expected along the state's coastline over the next three days.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a dangerous surf warning that will be in effect from Thursday.

Peak south-south westerly swells of between 4-5 metres are expected along the coast stretching from Queensland down to the Victorian border.

Along with the large sets, a long swell period of between 10-14 seconds has also been predicted.

The conditions are expected to ease in the southern part of the state by late Friday afternoon; however the large swells are expected to persist in Northern NSW until at least Saturday.

NSW Lifesaving Manger Andy Kent said it's important that people along the coast were aware of the longer swell period.

"We would encourage everyone fishing or walking along the coast this weekend to observe the waves through an entire cycle. Conditions can change so rapidly, and what looks like a calm environment can suddenly become hazardous," Mr Kent said.

"The late autumn sunshine will probably see an increase in crowds with people wanting to get out and enjoy activities along the coast. However it is important that rock fishers wear a lifejacket, fish with a partner, and let people know their plans as these simple steps can help save your life."

The volunteer patrol season ended late last month, however Surf Life Saving assets are on stand-by to respond to coastal emergencies if required.

A limited number of beaches will be patrolled throughout the winter months by council lifeguards, please check the Beachsafe Website for a list of patrolled beaches, up-to-date beach information and safety tips.

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.

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.

See for patrolled locations/times and rock fishing safety information.

If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero - Police.

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