Hazardous surf warning for NSW coastal waters

Waverley Council

If you witness an in-water emergency, please inform our Council Lifeguards, or if it is after hours, dial Triple Zero (000) and ask for the Police. Our current lifeguard patrols hours are 6am to 7pm at Waverley’s three beaches.

Waverley Council Lifeguards are urging people to stay safe this weekend with a hazardous surf warning in place for much of the state’s coastline until at least midnight tomorrow.

Surf and swell conditions along the Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans, Eden, Macquarie and Hunter coasts are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such swimming, rock fishing and boating, the Bureau of Meteorology warns.

Bruce Hopkins, Lifeguard Coordinator (pictured- below) said swells of around three metres are expected to impact Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches for the duration of the weekend.

“Our advice is to always check the conditions before visiting our beaches and follow the instructions of lifeguards at all times,” Mr Hopkins said.

“The temperature’s forecast to be around 22 degrees tomorrow and 24 degrees on Sunday, so we encourage people to have a nice day out but stay safe.

“Lifeguards continually monitor conditions at our beaches, and sometimes we need to close beaches and ocean pools if conditions become dangerous or limit the area for swimming between the flags.

“For surfers, we ask that they know their limits, and if you are unsure about the conditions, please speak to one of our lifeguards.”

Hazardous surf near Tamarama. Picture: Waverley Council.

NSW Police Force, Marine Area Command advise that:

  • People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
  • Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
  • Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
  • Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
  • Boaters should remember to log on with their local Marine Rescue radio base, via VHF Radio or the Marine Rescue APP, and consider their safety management plan.

The Bureau’s next hazardous surf warning update will be at 5pm today at: https://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/hazardoussurf.shtml

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