Lifeguard services

Professional council lifeguards patrol 15 beaches across the Central Coast from Monday until Friday. During weekends and on public holidays these locations are patrolled by Surf Life Saving volunteers.
Beach patrol services commence operation on 23 September 2017 and conclude 30 April 2018.
The patrolled locations are:

  • Lakes Beach
  • Soldiers Beach
  • The Entrance North
  • The Entrance
  • Toowoon Bay
  • Shelly Beach
  • Wamberal Beach
  • Terrigal Beach
  • North Avoca Beach
  • Avoca Beach
  • Copacabana Beach
  • Macmasters Beach
  • Killcare Beach
  • Ocean Beach
  • Umina Beach
Council lifeguards and Surf Life Saving volunteers provide a search and rescue service for our coastal waters as well as emergency medical care when required. They also play an important role in educating the public in beach and water safety, so please follow their direction and obey the signs while at the beach.

Beach operational hours

Hours of patrol during non-peak holiday times - 23 September 2017 until 15 December 2017 and 30 January 2018 until 30 April 2018 - are 9.00am to 5.00pm across all 15 beach locations.
During the summer peak holiday period, between 16 December 2017 and 29 January 2018, all locations will operate from 9.00am to 6.00pm with the exception of  Terrigal, Avoca and Umina beaches, which will operate from 8.00 am until 6.00 pm.  
When swimming at one of our beautiful beaches, please remember:
  • No flags means no swimming;
  • Always swim or surf at patrolled beaches;
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags;
  • If we can’t see you, we can’t save you;
  • If you get into difficulty, raise your arm, stay calm, and yell for assistance;
  • If you are unsure of conditions, ask the lifeguard or lifesaver in attendance;
  • Please read and obey the signs and directions from the lifeguard or lifesaver;
  • Never run and dive into water, as the depth changes regularly;
  • Children should be supervised by an adult at all times; and
  • You should always ‘Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide’.

The Entrance Ocean Baths

The only ocean pool on the Central Coast, The Entrance Ocean Baths is a popular swimming spot for families and lap swimmers. The Baths contain a 50 metre outdoor pool, 22 metre lap pool, a children’s wading pool and amenities.

The Entrance Ocean Baths are open all year round (free entry), from 6am to 6pm during summer and 7am to 3pm during winter.

Between 20 September 2017 and 30 April 2018, supervision is provided between 9am and 5pm
For more information on The Entrance Ocean Baths, visit Swimming Pools – Public

Beach wheelchairs

People with a disability will now find it easier to access Central Coast Council beaches, with beach wheelchairs available at selected surf clubs.
There are two types of beach wheelchairs available for use – seven Sand Cruiser beach wheelchairs and three Hippocampe beach wheelchairs.
These wheelchairs are available at:
  • Lakes Sand Cruiser
  • Soldiers Beach Sand Cruiser
  • Toowoon Bay Sand Cruiser
  • Shelley Beach Sand Cruiser
  • Wamberal - Sand Cruiser
  • Terrigal – Sand Cruiser & Hippocampe (adult size).
  • North Avoca - Sand Cruiser
  • Avoca Beach - Sand Cruiser & Hippocampe (adult size)
  • Copacabana - Sand Cruiser;
  • Killcare - Sand Cruiser;
  • Ocean Beach - Sand Cruiser;
  • Umina – Sand Cruiser & Hippocampe (suitable for young people); and

You can contact the local surf club to book a beach wheelchair.

If you require contact details for the individual surf clubs, please call Surf Life Saving Central Coast on
43530299 or Central Coast Council on 43258222 Monday to Friday.

You will also need to complete the Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair Indemnity Form before using a beach wheelchair, and sign it when you return the chair to the surf club.



Each year, from October to April, council monitors and reports on the water quality of 21 local swimming areas.

This includes ten ocean beaches, six lagoon sites and five tidal baths and rock pools.
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More information

See more information on staying safe in the surf or download a copy of our Sun, Surf and Safety brochure.

For information on "dog friendly" beaches, please see our off the leash areas webpage.

To book a Surf Club contact the Surf Life Saving Club or to book an event on the beach take a look at our booking of open space web page.

For boat ramps (both closed and open water) please see our boat ramps listing page