With Easter looming on the horizon, and school holidays commencing this week Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) are gearing up for a busy period on beaches across NSW.

Patrols for beaches in council areas as diverse as the Tweed Shire, Byron Bay, Ballina, Port Macquarie and the Mid Coast have all commenced in recent days as Lifeguards return to the beach for their final patrols of another busy summer.

With coastal destinations remaining an important location for families looking to take advantage of the warmer weather that much of the state has been enjoying, it’s crucial that people are informed about the best place to swim.    

Unfortunately there has been a number of coastal drownings already in 2017 with the majority occurring as a result of getting into difficulty while swimming.

There have also been a number of incidents involving rock fishers and surf lifesavers, and lifeguards strongly urge anyone participating in this popular recreational activity to always wear a lifejacket.

ALS Northern Coordinator Scott McCartney said Lifeguards have enjoyed their return to the beach.

“Our Lifeguards enjoyed a successful summer earlier this year and are looking forward to getting back to what they do best which is keeping a watchful eye on our beaches.

“We strongly urge everyone to be aware of changing conditions especially due to the recent floods. We are expecting there to be quite a bit of debris that will wash up on certain beaches across Northern NSW over the coming weeks and we are asking the public to take advantage of local knowledge by talking to Lifeguards. They’re here to help, but common sense is important too,” Mr McCartney said.

For a full list of patrolled beaches and times please visit www.beachsafe.org.au 

Tips For Keeping Safe At The Beach

  • Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website
  • Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information
  • Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising your arm
  • In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police

For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or Download the App

Tweed Shire Council

Duranbah/Flagstaff 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Fingal 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

North Kingscliff 01/04/17 to 17/04/17 (7 days)

Cudgen/Kingscliff 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Salt 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Casuarina 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Cabarita 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Hastings 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Pottsville (North) 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Mooball (Pottsville South) -08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Byron Shire Council

Brunswick Heads 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

First Sun 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Main Beach Byron (ongoing)

The Pass 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Wategos 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Tallows 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Ballina Shire Council

Lennox Head (ongoing)

Sharps 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Shelly 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Lighthouse 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Richmond Valley Council

Evans Head 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Clarence Valley Council

Iluka 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Turners 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Main Beach Yamba 03/04/17 to 24/04/17 (7 days)

Pippies 14/04/17 to 17/04/17 (Easter Long Weekend)

Brooms Head 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Minnie Water 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Wooli – 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Bellingen Valley Council

North Beach 08/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days + ½ on weekends)

Hungry Beach 08/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days + ½ on weekends)

Kempsey Shire Council

Grassy Head 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

South West Rocks (Horseshoe Bay) 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

South West Rocks 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Hat Head 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Kempsey/Crescent Head 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Town Beach (ongoing)

Flynns (ongoing)

Tacking/Lighthouse 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Lake Cathie 08/04/17 to 25/04/17 (7 days)

Wauchope-Bonny 10/04/17 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Camden Haven 10/04/16 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

MidCoast Council

Forster Main Beach 10/04/16 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Cape Hawke (One Mile) 10/04/16 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Elizabeth (Pacific Palms) 10/04/16 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

Bennetts (Hawks Nest) 10/04/16 to 24/04/17 (5 days)

South Coast Patrol

Mollymook 9am-3pm (5 days)