Beach Safety

Sunshine Coast Beach SafetySwim Safely

Swimming on the Sunshine Coast is great at all times of the year. Surf lifesavers supervise swimmers at the beach and their advice must be followed.

Always swim or surf at patrolled beaches.
Always swim between the red and yellow flags.
Always swim under supervision.
Read and obey the signs.
If you are unsure of surf conditions, ask a lifeguard.
Do not venture out far if swimming in a yellow flagged area. Yellow flags stand for ‘Caution’.
Do not swim alone or at beaches that are not patrolled by lifesavers.
Do not swim immediately after a meal.
Do not swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Do not swim if the beach is closed. Red flags will indicate ‘Danger’.
Never run or dive in the water, even if you have checked before, as water conditions can change.
If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm. Raise one arm to signal for help, float and wait for lifeguard assistance.
Learn how to spot a rip and keep clear of it. A rip can be spotted by the presence of sand-coloured or rippled water moving out to sea where the water on either side is generally cleaner. The waves may also be larger and breaking further out to sea on both sides of the rip.
If you are caught in a rip, stay calm and raise one arm to signal for help, or swim diagonally across the rip rather than struggling against it.
Keep the beach clean, put your rubbish in a bin and keep off the duned areas. They are there to preserve the beach environment.

 

 

Sunshine Coast Sun Protection

Sun Protection

Enjoy outdoor activities without the risk of sun damage.
Wear a long-sleeved shirt, a broad-brimmed hat, and take care to apply sunscreen to exposed skin. Reapply sunscreen after two hours, especially if you have been in the water.
Avoid being outside in the middle of the day and take care to drink plenty of water in the warmer months.

Children
There is nothing better than taking your family for a fun day out to the beach. Playing amongst the crashing waves and sand may seem quite innocent but during the summer months Australians and visitors alike love to flock to the beach to escape the heat and it can become quite crowded. Children can become distracted quite easily so keep them in sight, and safe, at all times.

Swim Safely
It is extremely important to swim between the flags at patrolled beaches. These areas are marked out for your safety and make sure you pay attention to warning and other beach safety signs as these change depending on weather. Always listen and obey any instructions give to you buy lifeguards as they are professionals and only have your safety in mind. If you find your self in troubled waters, remember to not panic and raise you arm so the lifeguards can see you.

Shade
Everyone loves to catch a few rays of the gleaming sun on a summers day but please remember to protect your skin. Even the winters sun can be harmful and overcast days cause the most damage as they are very deceiving. Remember your umbrella or a shady tent which will allow you to relax, cool down and escape the harmful UV rays. The wind can sometimes take off with your umbrella so make sure you have children at beach positioned well in the sand or even better- hold onto it.

Personal Belongings
Whilst on holiday, people tend to take many valuable items such as cameras, video cameras, ipods and mobile phones to the beach. To ensure the gritty sand does not make its way into your belongings, place them in a zip lock bag and wrap into a towel and out of sight from thieves. If something does go missing report it to a lifeguard and the police.

Stay Hydrated
It is surprising how quickly the sun makes us dehydrated so it is important to keep our fluids up. Be sure to take a bottle of water with you to the beach and keep in a shady place to keep it cool. Dehydration can make you very sick and your holiday will be over sooner than you think if proper precautions are not taken Ice cream is a great way to keep you cool in the Sunshine Coast heat (and a yummy treat!).

Footwear
The colour and depth of sand can be very deceiving and you never know if there are sharp objects such as shells or rocks buried beneath. Not to mention the heat contained by sand in the summer can be excruciatingly painful to your feet so remember your footwear. Joggers are no good for the beach as they fill up quickly with sand so flip flops or sandals are a better option.

Diving
Never dive off jetties or rocks until you are sure of the depth of the water. You do not want to ruin your holiday by ending up in hospital. Water depth changes with the tides so never assume and always check first! Tidal waters are unpredictable and items in the water and sand banks change location all the time with the rolling waves and weather. So save time, money and most of all pain, and avoid diving whenever possible.

Water Sports
The Sunshine Coast is great for water activities, whether it be jet skiing, kayaking or sailing to list a few. Always remember to wear a life jacket even if you are a strong swimmer. Listen to instructors and use recommended water sports companies who use regulated sports equipment. Use the water sports equipment at a sensible speed and dont attempt any tricks where a qualified instructor is not there to guide or instruct you.

Wildlife
The wildlife in the Sunshine Coast is beautiful. In most cases you will only see small crabs, sea gulls, fish and other birds. However depending on the time of year, tides and weather, sharks and jellyfish can come closer to the shore. Lifeguards are always on the look out for these aquatic animals and please obey any signage indicating if the waters are safe. If you see a shark or jellyfish, get out of the water immediately and alert a lifeguard. If you have been stung by a jellyfish, don’t panic, let a lifeguard know and they’ll apply immediate treatment.