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Water Safety

Coffs Harbour City Council employs a professional lifeguard team to patrol the City's most popular beaches and to promote surf safety education.

The number one golden rule for swimmers is:

Always swim between the red & yellow flags on patrolled beaches.  Remember NO FLAGS = NO SWIM.

It is important to read the Flags and Beach information Signs and understand what they mean before entering the water.

NEVER:

  • Swim alone or surf at beaches not patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers.
  • Bathe outside the red and yellow flags that mark beach swimming areas.
  • Remember NO FLAGS = NO SWIM.
  • Bathe directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol.
  • Bathe when the beach is closed. (Observe the visual signal "Warning - Swimming not Advised)
  • Bathe when there are no red and yellow flags in position. Remember NO FLAGS = NO SWIM.
  • Panic if caught in a current or rip, raise one arm straight up, call for help and float until help arrives.
  • Struggle if seized with a cramp. Raise one arm for help, float and keep the affected part of the body still.
  • Bathe if unsure of conditions. Seek the advice of the nearest lifeguard or lifesaver. 
  • Struggle against a rip or current, but if strong enough, swim towards the white water.  Sandbanks are recognised by breaking waves, REMEMBER: White is Right, Green is Mean.