The Gold Coast, along with the rest of sunny Queensland, boasts some of the worlds most beautiful and famous beaches. Each year, visitors from all over the world along with visitors from all over Australia travel to the Gold Coast with our beaches being the main attraction. Whether your’re swimming at Surfers Paradise Beach or Coolangatta, there are plenty of dangers to be aware of. From rips to bluebottles and everything in between. No matter where in the world you yourself may travel, it’s strongly recommended you familiarise yourself with local conditions and the dangers to be aware of.
Our Surf Life Guards on the Gold Coast are among the worlds elite and when we are all informed and co-operating together, we help keep each other safe and this may help to save a life. Our life guards have the trained eye to look out for rips and gutters along the coast and position the red and yellow flags away from these areas. If you swim when the life guards aren’t on patrol you may get into trouble in the water and unable to be rescued.
Below are some recommended safety tips for swimming at the beach.
- Never swim at an unpatrolled beach if you are not familiar with our beaches.
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags, these areas are patrolled by surf lifesavers.
- Never swim at night.
- Don’t ever swim alone.
- Never let your children swim alone and unsupervised.
- Never swim if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Only ever swim in appropriate swimming attire. This excludes full clothing, including tee-shirts, denim shorts or jeans and footwear. Clothing becomes heavy when wet and may drag you down under the water.
- Never swim if the beach is closed, this could mean anything from rough condition to dangerous marine life.
- Stay close to shore and in between the flags if you are not a strong swimmer or have children to supervise.
- If you ever find yourself in trouble while in the water, stay calm, try to float and raise your arm high so that the surf lifesavers can see you.
- Never try to swim against a rip, this will only cause exhaustion. Remain calm, raise your hand and attract attention. If you need to, only swim parallel to the rip current and waves can help bring you back to shore. Dive under any breaking waves (like the surfers do when they paddle out).
- If you are ever unsure, ask one of our fabulous surf lifesavers, they are there to help you and offer advice.
- Don’t forget that the sun poses a threat as well. Take a water bottle and keep hydrated and regularly apply 30+spf sunscreen all over your body, wear a hat and tee-shirt.