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SLSQ urges caution amidst high tides

Surf Life Saving Queensland is encouraging beachgoers to put safety first and heed advice from surf lifesavers and lifeguards with high tide heights set to increase dramatically over the coming days, beginning tomorrow (Sunday).

The tides will are expected to peak on Tuesday and will remain higher than usual until around Thursday.

SLSQ Lifesaving Operations Coordinator Jason Argent urged anyone heading to the beach for a swim to be extra careful as there would be a lot of tidal movement.

“There’s likely to be large amounts of water moving in and around beaches this weekend, which can lead to flash rips and strong currents,” he said.

“It is also advised to be extremely careful if swimming in or around creek and river mouths where there will also be strong tidal movement – particularly on the outgoing tide.

“As always, we urge all swimmers to only swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags, and to have a chat to the lifesavers and lifeguards on duty about any localised conditions before entering the water.”

SLSQ encourages beachgoers to follow these simple steps to help protect themselves in the water:

SLSQ encourages beachgoers to follow these simple steps to help protect themselves in the water:

  • Only swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Look for and follow the advice of safety signs
  • Ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for advice
  • Swim with a friend
  • Stick your hand up if you need help.

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