Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is urging beachgoers to stay safe and swim only within the stinger resistant enclosures this summer, which have returned to North Queensland beaches this week.
Lifeguards and lifesavers have been performing regular stinger drags in recent weeks and, following consultation with local councils, have determined that the stinger nets be returned to the relevant beaches.
SLSQ Townsville lifeguard supervisor Russell Blanchard encouraged beachgoers to stick to the stinger resistant enclosures, which remain the safest place for people to swim.
“It’s really important that swimmers always remain between the red and yellow flags, and within the stinger nets, to give themselves the best chance possible of avoiding a nasty sting,” he said.
“While the nets aren’t 100 percent ‘stinger proof’, lifesavers and lifeguards regularly drag in and around the enclosures and will close the beach if any potentially dangerous marine stingers are discovered.
“On top of this, there are also a few other basic precautions that swimmers can take to avoid the risk of a nasty sting, such as wearing protective clothing such as a wetsuit, lycra body suit, or a long-sleeved shirt and pants.
“We also urge swimmers to refrain from sitting on, or interfering with, the stinger enclosures as jellyfish can sometimes wash over the top or through the sides,” he said.
Any swimmers who are stung should immediately notify the lifeguards or lifesavers on duty.
Stinger net locations:
Townsville and surrounding regions:
- Balgal Beach
- Magnetic Island
- The Strand
- Forrest Beach
Cairns and surrounding regions:
- Palm Cove
- Clifton Beach
- Kewarra Beach
- Trinity Beach
- Yorkeys Knob
- Holloways Beach
- Port Douglas
- Ellis Beach
- Bramston Beach
- Etty Bay
- North and South Mission Beach