Sun, surf and safety
Australia has the world's highest rate of skin cancer.
Over-exposure to the sun may cause this particular cancer, so beach goers are urged to help protect themselves by:
- avoiding direct exposure to the sun's rays between 10am and 2pm
- wearing protective clothing like hats, long sleeved clothing and sunglasses
- using 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin areas and staying under shelter whenever possible.
Wyong Shire lifeguards follow the advice of the Cancer Council to "Slip, slop, slap and wrap". Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on the sunglasses.
Take note of beach signage
|Surfcraft riding prohibited
||Supervised bathing area
||Do not litter
Water washed in by waves can be carried back to sea in conditions known as a rip.
If you are in a rip, it's important not to panic. If in difficulty, stay calm, float with the current, call out for help and raise your arm if help is nearby. Never try to swim against a rip.
If you are unsure about rips, ask the lifeguard or lifesaver on duty for additional information. Alternatively, you can obtain information about surf safety by contacting Wyong Shire Council's lifeguard service on (02) 4333 3046.
Drink and sink
Adult males are over-represented in drowning deaths in Australia and alcohol is a notable factor.
Between July 2008 and June 2009, a total of 66 men aged between 18 and 34 drowned. Alcohol and swimming are a dangerous combination. Don't mix alcohol with swimming or your next trip to the beach might be your last.
And, remember - no flags, no swim.
Fishing from rocks can be dangerous and anglers should follow basic safety tips:
- never fish by yourself
- inform others of your plans
- wear light clothing, a life vest and non-slip footwear
- never fish in exposed areas when the sea is rough
- take a close look at your chosen fishing spot before venturing out to fish
- never turn your back on the ocean