Professional beach patrols will commence at South Mollymook Beach today with Shoalhaven Heads, Crookhaven Heads, Tilbury Cove, Warrain Beach, Cudmirrah, Narrawallee and North Mollymook to follow from Friday 17 December 2021. The patrols will remain in place throughout the school holidays.
Shoalhaven City Council City Lifestyles Director Jane Lewis is reminding holiday makers and locals to always swim between the red and yellow flags at patrolled beaches this summer.
“We have more than 100 beautiful beaches along our stunning coastline for people to enjoy, but not all beaches have beach patrols. If you are planning to swim, we strongly recommend swimming at a patrolled beach, for your own safety and the safety of others.
“To make your next trip to the beach safer, make sure you read the safety signs, ask a lifeguard for safety advice and swim with a friend. And please don’t enter the water if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” she said.
“Rips are the number one hazard on our beaches. If you are caught in a rip, stay calm, conserve your energy and use one of the options recommended by NSW Surf Life Saving NSW; raise an arm to seek help, float with the current until it releases you or swim parallel to the shore or towards breaking waves and use them to help you in,” said Ms Lewis.
“We want everyone to be able to enjoy our glorious beaches, which is why our beach wheelchair service is also available during beach patrol season. Our beach wheelchairs are designed for use on hard and soft sand, as well as low water and grassy areas, providing access to the ocean for all abilities in the community.
“Make sure you book ahead, there are ten beach wheelchairs available for adults and children free of charge, at seven beaches across the Shoalhaven,” said Ms Lewis.
Council is reminding the community to follow COVID safe measures whilst enjoying their time on the beach over Summer.
For details on professional summer patrols visit Shoalhaven Swim Sport Fitness website.