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SLSQ urges swimmers to play it safe while beating the heat

With the mercury rising across the state, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is calling on beachgoers to exercise caution and put safety first at all times.

SLSQ lifesaving services manager Peta Lawlor said they were expecting big crowds up and down the coast this weekend.

“The school holidays are always busy for us at the best of times but, given the temperatures being forecast, we’re expecting an even greater influx of beachgoers this weekend,” she said.

“Surf lifesavers and lifeguards will be out in force to watch over and protect swimmers, and we’re asking everyone to help out by following their advice, exercising caution while in the water and, of course, staying between the red and yellow flags.

“With the weather warming up, it’s also really important for beachgoers to stay hydrated and slip, slop, slap across the day to protect themselves from the sun,” she said.

Ms Lawlor also urged anyone cooling off at inland waterways across the state to put safety first.

“Regardless of where you’re planning a swim, it’s important to put safety first at all times when you are in and around the water,” she said.

“Rivers and lakes can look inviting from the outside, but you don’t know what dangers might be lurking out of sight beneath the water.

“Always take care when entering the water, swim with a friend where possible, and keep a close eye on any young children around the water,” she said.

Beach safety tips:

  • Swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags
  • Ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for advice
  • Always swim with a friend where possible
  • If you find yourself in trouble, don’t panic. Stick your hand up for help.
  • Don’t swim at night or after consuming alcohol

Inland water safety tips:

  • Beware of strong currents and undertows at rivers and creeks
  • Exercise caution when entering the water as there may be submerged logs, rocks, or other objects beneath the surface
  • Don’t swim at night or after consuming alcohol
  • Swim with a friend where possible
  • Supervise young children in and around the water

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