Be safe in the surf
City of Gold Coast is proud to run Australia’s largest professional lifeguard service, protecting our beach users and promoting surf safety throughout the year across the city.
The decisions you make will help you to stay safe in the surf:
- Never swim alone or surf at beaches not patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers.
- Never swim outside the red and yellow flags that mark safe swimming areas.
- Never swim directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol.
- Never swim when the beach is closed, marked with ‘Danger – Reserve closed to bathing‘ sign and a red flag.
- Never swim when there are no safety flags.
- Never panic if caught in a current or undertow but raise one arm straight up and float until help arrives.
- Never struggle if you get a cramp but raise one arm for help, float and keep the affected part of the body still.
- Never go out far when a yellow flag is flying – it means the surf is dangerous.
- Never swim if you’re unsure of safe conditions and seek advice from the nearest lifeguard.
- Never struggle against a rip or current but swim diagonally across it.
To assist with your beach and water safety, we encourage all users to check the beach conditions.
For more about our Lifeguard Service, visit the City of Gold Coast website.