Beach Safety Tips
Protecting your community in the water - is about making one of
New Zealand's most popular playgrounds safe for everyone to
We are best known for the beach patrols Surf Lifeguards provide
at over 80 of New Zealand's busiest beaches throughout the summer.
But that is just part of what Surf Life Saving does.
Educating people so they can stay safe at the beach, in fact
around moving water, is just as important, whether it is fishing,
boating or just being out in the sun.
Moving water is always a risk. Water pushed into the beach
by waves has to find a way back, either by scouring channels in the
sandy bottom, or moving along the beach until it finds rocks in its
path where it quickly changes direction to head out to sea.
This water moving back out to sea is commonly called a rip.
Rips often appear in different places each day.
Swim between the flags
Surf Lifeguards use the red and yellow flags to show the safest
place to swim that day. During the day the flags may be moved
as wind, tide or surf conditions change, so always check where they
Be Sun smart
New Zealand has the highest death rate from melanoma in the
world, each year 200 people die from melanoma and another 50 die
from other preventable skin cancers. Remember to apply
sunscreen before you go out in the sun, reapply every hour or after
you have been in the water. The higher the SPF rating, the
longer the protection sunscreen offers.
Be smart around rocks
Whether fishing or exploring at the beach, rocky outcrops can be
very dangerous in large surf. Don't think a wave will simply
wash around you, moving water is powerful. When fishing
always wear a lifejacket and remember these rules:
- Never stand on a rock outcrop that is already wet- a sure sign
waves will be washing over it
- Always face the ocean, never turn your back on the sea
- Always have a clear escape path to safe ground- don't get
caught by the sea