Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is urging beachgoers to exercise extreme caution in the water, with powerful and unstable surf conditions likely to continue for the next few days at least.
SLSQ state operations coordinator Jason Argent warned swimmers to put safety first at all times, with Tropical Cyclone Winston producing large swells and unstable conditions across the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
“We’ve already seen some extremely powerful surf across South East Queensland in the past few days, and that’s likely to continue in the coming days,” he said.
“Conditions are quite unstable at the moment, with a lot of rips and gutters that could easily catch swimmers off-guard if they’re not careful.
“When there’s large surf around, the conditions can become a lot more unpredictable and potentially dangerous and, with that in mind, it’s really important for all beachgoers to be cautious and put their safety first at all times,” he said.
The unstable conditions saw surf lifesavers perform more than 50 rescues last weekend alone, closing several beaches along the way.
“Lifesavers and lifeguards will be closely monitoring the conditions and will make the call to close a beach in the interests of safety if needed,” Mr Argent said.
“If that’s the case, it’s really important for all beachgoers to exit the water immediately and only return when lifesavers and lifeguards have deemed the conditions safe enough,” he said.