Council starts beach patrols early
Central Coast Council has started its beach patrols early this year, from Thursday, September 22.
Council unit manager Mr Phil Cantillon said while many of our beaches would be supervised, everyone needed to be "surf smart".
"Council's lifeguards will patrol our shorelines from Monday to Friday, and Surf Life Saving volunteers keep everyone safe on weekends and public holidays.
The beaches will be patrolled 9am to 5pm until the end of the season on April 25.
Over the Christmas holiday period, from December 19 to January 29, the beaches will be patrolled for an extra hour from 9am to 6pm.
"We remind all community members to swim between the red and yellow flags, and to stay informed with weather updates and any subsequent beach closures on Council's Facebook page.
"Board riders are asked to keep outside the black and white flags on each side of the red and yellow flags, as these indicate the surf craft exclusion zone."
Mr Cantillon said beach-goers should swim at supervised beaches only.
"Always obey the signs which indicate any hazards present," he said.
"Always listen to the lifeguards and lifesavers.
"Never run or dive into the water, as the depth can change quickly.
"If you are unsure of the conditions, ask a lifeguard or lifesaver.
"If you get into difficulty, stay calm, raise your arm and yell for assistance.
"Children should always be supervised by an adult at all aquatic locations.
"Avoid swimming for at least one day after heavy rain to decrease exposure to stormwater pollution.
"Be aware of obvious signs of pollution such as litter, odours and surface scums following heavy rain."
Media release, 20 Sep 2022
Phil Cantillon, Central Coast Council