Thursday, 31st December 2020
Increasing community awareness of water safety
There are different safety rules for beaches, rivers, lakes and public or private swimming pools. Obey all water safety signs, don’t drink alcohol while recreating around water, or when supervising children around water, and make sure there’s someone looking out for you.
Victoria’s most popular beaches are patrolled by lifesavers during the summer months, until the season ends at Easter. Information about patrolled beach locations, and times, are available on the Beachsafe website.
Here are some basics you should always check:
Weather warnings for your activity area
The Bureau of Meteorology provides a forecast service, flood warnings and marine services for local waters, coastal waters and open ocean activities.
Surf Life Saving Australia has range of educational videos available online about rip currents, including:
Remember, always swim between the red and yellow flags, and never swim alone.
Source: Caitlin Fraser