Everyone loves a day at the beach. But what we love even more, is that you all go home safely afterwards! Check out some helpful info and advice from our lifesavers on beach safety, to ensure you enjoy your visit to the beach and stay safe.

Always swim between the red & yellow flags

When you see red & yellow flags on a beach, it indicates that there is currently a lifesaving service operating on that beach. Our surf lifesavers and lifeguards have chosen a section of the beach that is best for swimming and they will closely supervise this area. Lifesavers and lifeguards pay more attention to the area between the red & yellow flags than any other part of the beach. To find your nearest patrolled beach, visit our My Beach pages

Read the safety signs

Before you go on to the beach be sure to read the safety signs. This will ensure you’re aware of any warnings or dangers on the beach. You can also find other helpful information to make your day at the beach more enjoyable. You might also find single signs placed on the beach to highlight specific warnings.

Ask a surf lifesaver for safety advice

Our surf lifesavers are highly trained and very knowledgeable about beach safety and conditions. When you arrive at the beach, look for and identify the lifesavers and lifeguards. Feel free to ask them about the day’s conditions, as well any additional beach safety advice they might have for that specific beach – because every beach is different.

Swim with a friend

Not only is swimming with a friend (or family member) a fun way to enjoy the beach, it is also very sensible. While you’re swimming together, you can keep an eye out for each other, and if further assistance is required, one person could call or go for help. If everyone swimming together knows their own limits, it’s a good idea to share this with those around you so you can all stay within these.

If you need help, stay calm and attract attention

Even the most careful and capable people can find themselves out of their limits in the water. If you are not feeling comfortable in the water and you require a lifesaver or lifeguard’s assistance to get back to shore, stay calm, raise an arm in the air and wave it from side to side. This will attract the attention of a lifesaver or lifeguard who will be able to come to your assistance. You should conserve your energy by floating on your back and staying calm. This will ensure you have the energy to remain afloat until further aid arrives.

For more information on beach safety, check out the following links on Surf Life Saving’s BeachSAFE website;