Dangerous surf warning

A dangerous surf warning is in place for NSW from the South Coast through to Northern NSW from Monday with the conditions expected to build up overnight on Thursday. Swells are predicted to peak at around 3-4 metres in some areas, but are forecast to be larger and stronger offshore.

Southern facing beaches will encounter the strongest of the conditions as the southerly swell travels up the coast.

At this stage, Sydney and Southern NSW will experience this swell from Thursday evening and it is expected to continue into Friday before easing on Saturday morning.

Conditions in Northern NSW are likely to be stronger with powerful surf expected on the coastline and as far south as Coffs Harbour until at least Sunday.

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NSW operations manager Andy Kent has urged the public to take the warnings seriously.

“The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment and the changing conditions. Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are,” Mr Kent said.

“We know that the weather isn’t the best for the next few days with strong winds and rain forecast so people may choose to stay inside. However in saying that we encourage everyone to take their safety seriously regardless of the type of activity they are doing,” he said.

Mr Kent also advised all beachgoers and rock fishers not to take any unnecessary risks and that volunteer Surf Lifesavers will be on patrol duties each weekend until the season concludes on Tuesday April 25.

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
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police

Useful Links:

BeachSafe Website - https://beachsafe.org.au/

Bureau of Meteorology - http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/

Marine Rescue NSW - http://www.marinerescuensw.com.au/boating-safety