Beach safety

Kempsey Shire boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Council provides a lifeguard service during peak periods. To assist the lifeguards and stay safe at the beach it is recommended that you follow these guidelines:

Lifeguards on Australian beach
  • Always swim at a patrolled beach and between the red and yellow flags
  • Leave the water immediately if a thunderstorm is approaching or a shark is sighted
  • Leave the water if you hear a siren or a public address announcement
  • Do not enter the water if the beach is closed
  • Never swim or surf alone
  • Avoid swimming when it is dark or during the twilight hours (dusk or dawn) when sharks are most active and have a sensory advantage
  • Never swim or surf in dirty or murky waters
  • Do not swim or surf near schools of fish
  • Do not swim in canals, channels, near a river or creek mouth or drainage outlets or where fish are being cleaned
  • Do not swim near, or interfere with, shark nets
  • Steep drop offs are favoured shark ‘hangouts’
  • If you see a shark leave the water as quickly and calmly as possible

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