Waverley Lifeguards Urge Beachgoers to Stay Safe

5 January 2023

Waverley Council’s professional lifeguards are calling for all beach goers, whether they are experienced swimmers or not, to remain vigilant when using beaches and waterways.

This summer has presented challenges with hot weather, summer holidays, and some hazardous surf conditions.

Many people want to enjoy Waverley’s Bondi, Tamarama, and Bronte beaches however, it is critical that beach goers heed safety advice, and if in doubt, check with the lifeguards who are on duty every day of the year.

Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos says “we have people drinking and swimming, we have people not swimming between the flags, and we have people over-estimating their abilities, putting their lives at risk.

“Our lifeguards do an amazing job year-round, but it’s imperative that people work with us so everyone stays safe. It is important to heed our lifeguards instructions.

“We expect large numbers at our beaches throughout summer especially around Australia Day and I urge people to swim safely.”

Lifeguard Coordinator Daniel McLaughlin says “our teams have been kept busy pointing out rips, using the loud hailers and letting people know our working hours.

“We have big waves today and tomorrow so people must pay attention.

“Waverley’s beaches are patrolled seven days a week from 6am to 7pm over summer, but people often go in the water outside of those hours.

“If lifeguards are not on duty, it is essential that people check conditions and know what to do if they get into trouble.  Our key message is that if you get into trouble, Float to Survive. This means not panicking, don’t try to swim, float on your back and try to attract help.”

Waverley Council Lifeguards’ safety tips:

  • Please listen to the lifeguards’ advice and follow their directions.
  • Please take time to read all safety signage at our beaches, especially if you intend to enter the water.
  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags.
  • No flags, no swim.
  • Never swim where you see the Dangerous Current sign.
  • If you DO get in trouble or need assistance in the water, raise one arm to attract attention and try to Float
  • If in doubt don’t go out. It’s important to know your own ability in the water.
  • Don’t swim after the patrol hours and if the beach is closed do not enter the water.
  • Don't swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Wear sunscreen and protective clothing to shield you from the sun.

Waverley Council and Randwick City Council launched the Float to Survive campaign at the beginning of summer, to familiarise people with the best way to keep themselves alive if they do get into trouble.


Media inquiries: media@waverley.nsw.gov.au or 0416 075 532.