Beach Safety

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Queensland's beaches, reefs and blue waters are world famous, drawing thousands of visitors from all around the world, as well as other states within Australia. However, many visitors to our beaches and waterways are unaware of the dangers they potentially face.

The size and strength of our surf, treacherous rips and gutters and dangerous marine creatures can pose significant risks for inexperienced beachgoers.

Today, with ever increasing numbers of beachgoers it’s important to alert them to the dangers of the surf and beach environment.  Being beach safe is about understanding and recognising the potential dangers, learning how to avoid them and knowing how to help someone if they get into trouble.  It’s important to remember that if you follow some simple rules, everyone can enjoy the beach safely.

We have a strong focus on providing beachgoers with the knowledge and information they need to make safe and responsible choices about where and when they swim; increased awareness of the beach and surf environment ultimately means they are less likely to get themselves and others into danger.  Every year we reach out to people through a wide variety of education and awareness programs targeted to reach different sectors of the community to ensure the safety of all beachgoers.

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Lifesaving Services

Please, put your safety first this summer and return home safely to your loved ones. Discover your nearest patrolled beach and tips to have a great day out on our beaches.

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Rip Currents

If you’re swimming at the beach and find yourself being taken away from the beach and unable to get back, it is more than likely you are caught in a rip current.

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Types of Marine Stingers

The beaches and oceans of tropical Queensland and Australia are an important part of the natural attraction of these regions. They are also home to several species of marine stingers, including Chironex fleckeri, the ‘Box Jellyfish’ and the Irukandji

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Sun Safety

To avoid sunburn and dehydration from increased exposure to the heat and ongoing over-exposure to the sun it is important that you protect yourself from sun rays (UV rays) and drink plenty of water in moderation.

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Sharks

Sharks come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but there are some things they all have in common.

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Crocodiles

Crocodiles are a natural part of North Queensland’s aquatic environment and, while attacks on humans are rare, they can and do occur.

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Beach Safe App

Taking a road trip up the coast? On holiday? Or just looking for a safe beach to swim at? With BeachSafe’s unrivalled coverage of Australian beaches (approx 12,000 of them), you can find the nearest beaches to you in seconds!

 

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Accessible Beaches

Local councils across the state are continually introducing new initiatives to improve access to Queensland beaches. Discover your nearest accessible beach.

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