LIFESAVERS and lifeguards are pleading with holidaymakers and locals on the Coffs Coast to play it safe.
The NSW coastal drowning toll sits at 16 for the season, with rip currents and rockfishing still the main dangers along our coastline.
Now that the school holidays are with us, beachgoers are urged to have surf safety as their number one priority.
Dean Storey, from Surf Life Saving NSW, has emphasised the importance of swimming at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags.
“Don’t put yourself or your family at risk these holidays,” he said.
“Take advantage of the fact that many beaches are still patrolled by lifesaving services.”
For details on which beaches are patrolled and patrol times (including over the winter months) go to www.
beachsafe.org.au, which is also available as an iPhone app.