Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is urging beachgoers to put safety first this Easter long weekend, with challenging and potentially hazardous coastal conditions expected across the south east over the next 24 hours.
SLSQ lifesaving operations coordinator Jason Argent said a significant easterly swell was likely to create powerful and potentially dangerous surf, with beachgoers encouraged to exercise caution and common sense in and around the water.
“Forecasts are indicating a significant increase in surf and swell today and tomorrow, with powerful and potentially dangerous conditions expected to hit beaches across South East Queensland,” Mr Argent said.
“There’s likely to be a lot of water movement and large waves, which can often lead to flash rips and strong currents.
“We’re urging everyone considering a trip to the beach this Easter to be cautious in and around the water, only swim at patrolled locations, and stay between the red and yellow flags at all times.
“There might be some beach closures over the coming days and, if that’s the case, it’s really important to remember that lifeguards and lifesavers have made that call in the interests of public safety, and we ask everyone to respect that decision and stay out of the water,” Mr Argent said.
SLSQ encourages beachgoers to follow these simple steps to help stay safe in the water:
- Only swim at patrolled beaches and between the red and yellow flags
- Don’t swim at night or after drinking alcohol
- Look for and follow the advice of safety signs
- Listen to the emergency warnings and follow the advice of emergency services and your local councils
- Avoid floodwaters and swollen river mouths
- Be careful of debris and other hazards that may have washed into the surf after heavy rainfall, such as rubbish, tree branches and rocks