Community encouraged to stay safe at local beaches

22 Jan 2021

With high temperatures and hazardous sea conditions forecast today through until Tuesday 26 January, City of Newcastle is encouraging the community to stay safe around Newcastle’s beaches and coastal areas.

Community members are reminded to only visit patrolled beaches, avoid crowded areas or opt to visit the local pool, always swim between the red and yellow flags, practice sun safe measures and stay hydrated.

With COVID restrictions still in effect, additional City of Newcastle COVIDSafe beach marshals will be patrolling the city’s beaches.

Tips to stay safe at the beach across summer:

Avoid crowded areas and peak times - If you notice an area is already crowded, consider another beach, local pool or leisure option, and try to avoid peak times of the day.

Stay safe around the water - Swim between the red and yellow flags, put your hand up if you get into trouble, never swim alone, and if you are unsure ask a lifeguard.

Keep your distance - Stay 1.5 metres, or approximately a towel length apart from others.

Look out for our COVIDSafe Beach Marshals - During busy periods such as weekends and school holidays, additional lifeguards will be onsite as COVIDSafe Beach Marshals to patrol our beaches and baths, to educate the community about requirements under the Public Health Order, monitor crowd sizes and promote water safety.

Do not gather in large groups - Do not gather in large groups and all group members must ensure they can physically distance with people outside their own household.

Make decisions in the best interest of yourself and others - Make sure you stay home if you are unwell and download the COVID Safe app.

View lifeguard patrol times at our beaches.