Holiday reminders for the community on how to stay safe in and around the water

Bennetts Beach safety sign. Photo: Tara Campbell.


SUMMER is well underway with holidays just around the corner.

There are a few things to keep in mind these Christmas Holidays whilst spending time around the water.

In 2020 alone, 258 people have lost their lives to drowning (Royal Life Saving Australia).

As a general reminder, children should be supervised around bodies of water at all times, even if they are competent swimmers.

Always observe safety signs, and follow directions given by Lifeguards.

Never swim alone and even in familiar places use the buddy system.

Remain hydrated and ensure to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide: slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shelter from the sun and slide on sunglasses to protect yourself from Australia’s sun and UV rays.

Boaters should ensure that all occupants wear lifejackets that are properly fitted and effective.

Weather conditions can change rapidly, so it is always recommended to check the weather before and during water activities.

Alcohol should never be consumed in or around water, particularly if operating a watercraft.

In line with the Australian Government, COVID-19 regulations are still in place and social distancing should be observed.

Steven Pearce, CEO of Surf Life Saving New South Wales said, “Our volunteer lifesavers are on the beach to protect the community and to save lives.

“We ask that beachgoers abide by the social distancing order put in place by the NSW Government.

“It’s important to respect any advice given to you by a surf lifesaver to vacate a beach.

“It’s for your own safety and the safety of the community as a whole.”



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