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Beach Safety

We want you to have fun in the sun on your holiday but we don’t want your last memory of Queensland to be a wicked sun burn. Here are a few ways to play it safe on Queensland’s beaches without the burn.

Sun Safety

  • The Australian sun is extremely strong, especially between 10am and 3pm
  • Always use a combination of shade, adequate clothing including a shirt, hat, sunglasses and 30+ sunscreen lotion.
  • One coat of sunscreen is not enough! Remember to reapply every two hours. 
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Follow these tips everyday even the cloudy days! 
  • Overcast days are when the locals get burnt the most!

Swimming Tips and Patrolled Beaches

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags. These flags mark the safest place to swim and the area where lifesavers and lifeguards patrol. 
  • Always swim with others. Children should always be accompanied in the water by an adult who can swim. 
  • Blue flags indicate designated areas for surfing. 
  • Read and obey warning signs on beaches, beach access points and at waterways. 
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or in darkness. 
  • Never jump or dive into shallow water, a rockpool, creek, lake or river due to immersed rocks and logs. 

Rips and Tides

Many surf beaches in Australia have strong currents, called rips. The number one tip from Surf Life Saving Queensland is to avoid rips altogether by swimming between the red and yellow flags.

Stinger Safe Beaches

  • Be aware of marine stingers present in northern Australian waters during the higher risk months from November to May
  • While it might not be highly fashionable, it is best to wear protective clothing like a wet suit or lycra body suit to reduce exposure to potential stings. 
  • Most northern Queensland beaches also have the added safety of netted swimming enclosures.
  • In the case of marine stings in northern Australian waters, the following is recommended: 
    • Restrain the patient from rubbing the sting and advise them to remain still, being careful not to be stung yourself. 
    • Call for Help, Dial 000 for an ambulance. 
    • Administer Emergency Care. 
    • Treat the sting by pouring vinegar onto the sting area. See the lifeguard on duty for access to vinegar.
  • Refer to www.marinestingers.com.au for more information.

Take a look at our other safety tips. Visit Surf Life Saving Queensland for more beach safety tips and beach conditions.

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