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8 ways to stay safe on Central Coast beaches

The weather is warming up and people are starting to hit the water again. And local surf lifesaving organisations will be there to keep a look out with the red and yellow flags going up on Central Coast patrolled beaches on Saturday 28 September.

On Saturday 28 September, the red and yellow flags will be placed in the sand at 15 Central Coast beaches as lifeguards and lifesavers return to patrol to keep our community safe.

Council’s Team Leader Beach Safety, Craig Healy said while our beaches will be supervised, everyone needs to be surf smart.

“You can rest assured that when you visit one of our patrolled beach locations, that you will be in good hands,” Mr Healy said.

“Council’s lifeguards patrol our shorelines from Monday to Friday, and Surf Life Saving volunteers keep everyone safe on weekends and public holidays”.

During the busy Christmas holiday period, from 21 December 2019 to 27 January 2020, all locations, including Budgewoi Beach, are patrolled for an extra hour – from 9am to 6pm. Terrigal, Avoca and Umina Beaches will open an hour earlier, from 8am until 6pm

8 ways to stay safe on Central Coast beaches

Swim at supervised beaches only

If you get into difficulty, stay calm, raise your arm and yell for assistance

Never run or dive into the water, as the depth can change quickly

Children should always be supervised by an adult

If you are unsure of the conditions, ask a lifeguard or lifesaver

Always obey the signs which indicate any hazards present

Always listen to the lifeguards and lifesavers

If you’re going rock fishing, plan ahead – wear appropriate gear, let others know where you are going and carry a phone

Written by Central Coast Live

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