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.
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.