Surf Life Saving NSW are urging beachgoers from Illawarra to the Hunter to maintain extra vigilance when participating in coastal activities over the next two days after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a dangerous surf warning.
Strong off-shore winds reaching speeds of up to 50 knots are expected to bring peak swells of between 4-6 metres throughout Wednesday.
Conditions are expected to ease later this evening, with swells expected to subside to below four metres.
An off-shore wind has been forecast for Thursday with swells anticipated to be between 2.5 – 3 metres for much of the day.
Extra care should be taken by boat skippers crossing coastal bars, rockfishers, swimmers and surfers.
NSW Life Saving Manager Andy Kent says the late burst of warm autumn weather makes a day trip to the beach an attractive option particularly for families looking to do something together over the school holidays, but has urged everyone to look out for their own and others safety.
“The coast is a dynamic environment where conditions can change very quickly as we have seen in recent days with sudden storms, heavy rain and then sunshine,” Kent said.
“Our highly trained volunteer lifesavers will be on patrol until Sunday April 26 which is the official end of the season, and they are happy to offer advice on the conditions at any beach.
“Please take a moment to assess the conditions, and if you have any doubt it is better not to go out.”
Some beaches may be closed due to hazardous conditions. Check the Beachsafe website for up-to-date beach information.
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.
* See www.beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations/times and rock fishing safety information.
* If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police.
Beachsafe – www.beachsafe.org.au
Bureau of Meteorology – http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/
Marine Rescue – http://www.marinerescuensw.com.au/boating-safety