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Swim Between The Flags

Swim Between The Flags

Stay safe at the beach these school holidays by swimming between the red and yellow flags at patrolled beaches...

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Registration of Interest - Water

Council is calling for interested parties to register their interest in obtaining raw water or recycled water for agricultural/irrigation purposes...

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Disaster Revocery

Disaster Recovery

Council is hosting a bushfire recovery meeting on Tuesday, 28 January at 5:30pm in Nana Glen Community Hall...

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Australia Day Nominees 2020

Australia Day 2020

The winners of this year's Australia Day Awards will be revealed on Sunday, 26 Jan at the Botanic Garden at 9am. Meet the Nominees…

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Turtle warning

Nesting Turtles Plea for Care

Plea to public to avoid disturbing turtle nests and rare birds on local beaches by keeping dogs and vehicles away...

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New Beach Patrols

New Beach Patrols for Summer

Jetty Beach will have a trial beach patrol service by Council’s Lifeguards this summer as part of a series of innovations...

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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 beach information signs and understand what they mean before entering the water.

Follow these simple guidelines to ensure an enjoyable day at our beaches:

  • Never swim alone at beaches not patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers. If you are at an unpatrolled beach ensure that you have a flotation device with you (body board or surfboard with a leash.)
  • Never attempt a rescue without a flotation device (body board or surfboard with a leash) call 000 and wait for help.
  • Never bathe/swim directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Never bathe/swim if the beach is closed. Read warning signs - "Warning Swimming Not Advised."
  • Never bathe/swim if unsure of conditions. Seek advice of nearest lifeguard or lifesaver.
  •  Always bathe/swim between the red and yellow flags - remember NO FLAGS = NO SWIM.
  • Poor swimmers - Stay calm if caught in a current or rip, raise one arm straight up, call for help and float until help arrives.
  • Strong swimmers - Stay calm if caught in a rip or current, if you are a strong swimmer, swim towards the white water (waves breaking).  Sandbanks are recognised by breaking waves: REMEMBER: White is Right, Green is Mean.
  • Stay calm if seized with a cramp. Raise one arm for help, float and keep the affected part of the body still.
  • If you are a local, please advise visitors where patrolled beaches are located.
  • If you are beach and water savvy and see people swimming in dangerous locations, advise them of the hazard and point them to a safer location.
  • If you see a person in trouble in the water, immediately call 000. Never attempt a rescue without a flotation device, observe the person in trouble until help arrives. Remember the faster 000 is called the faster the response from emergency personnel.