Millions of people visit Australia’s beaches every year. There are some 12,000 to choose from across 52,000 kilometres of stunning coastline. Yet while Australian beaches are renowned for their beauty, they are also unpredictable and can be dangerous.
Whether you’re a guest visiting Australia for the first time, or a host who has lived on the beach your entire life, there are a number of things to look out for when you’re swimming in an Australian beach.
Your best bet for keeping safe is to follow the trusted advice of Surf Life Saving Australia, the nation’s peak coastal water safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority. Since the movement was established in 1907, more than 650,000 people have been rescued by its surf lifesavers who patrol beaches across the country.
Ahead of the holiday season, Surf Life Saving Australia have provided their tips to ensure that the Airbnb community stays safe in the surf this summer.
SURF LIFE SAVING AUSTRALIA’S TOP FIVE TIPS FOR BEACH SWIMMING
- Swim between the red and yellow flags
- Read the safety signs
- Ask a lifeguard for safety advice
- Supervise children on, in and around water
- Wear a lifejacket when boating, rock fishing or on watercraft
- Don’t drink alcohol or take drugs while undertaking water activities