The beach can be a dangerous place. These are some hazards you should be aware of:
Boats pose a hazard to swimmers and other surf users. Be aware of the dangers. Boat users should follow the Boating Safety Code.
Large breaking waves
Always respect the power of waves and understand the different types.
Find out more about waves.
Always enter shallow or unknown water feet first to prevent injury. Be aware of the surface under your feet and watch for hazards.
Rip currents are dangerous and can sweep a swimmer out to sea quickly. Learn to recognise rips so you can avoid them. Always swim between the flags as these will be placed in the safest area. Find out more about rips.
Get up to date marine weather forecasts and understand the conditions before you set off.
Submerged objects/rocks could trap a swimmer, or cause injury to surf users. Be aware of the dangers and always enter shallow or unknown water feet first.
Sudden drop-off / Deep shelving beach
Watch out for holes and sudden changes in water depth. You could find yourself out of your depth without warning. Be aware of the dangers and follow advice from surf lifeguards.
Unstable cliffs / Unstable dunes
Beware of falling rocks and debris. Stay away from cliff edges and any area debris may fall. Dune surfaces can be unpredictable and unstable. Take care. Do not trample dune plants or disturb the dune surface.