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Our Sydney Austrialia Hotels surf safety tips

Safety in the surf at Sydneys and Australias beaches

Probably most people have heard of dangerous and scary things one might come across when travelling in Australia. However it's important for our Sydney Austrialia hotels visitors to keep things in perspective. There are highly publicised dangers like:

While its sensible for Sydney Austrialia hotels visitors to be aware of these creatures in their natural habitats, some other more common hazards are worth keeping in mind.

To put things in perspective, Sydney Austrialia hotels' visitors should consider the following government statistics:

Accidental causes of fatality in Australia
1984 -1994

So you can see that the most important time for Sydney Austrialia hotels' visitors to take care is simply when crossing the road.

Similarly, everyone should take care at Australia's famous surfing beaches, especially if you're not familiar with conditions in the surf.

Safety in the Surf!

. For most of our Sydney hotels visitors, a visit to one of Australia's famous surfing beaches will probably be on your itinerary.
Some safety tips could be useful. See the Surf safety advice from

The Sydney organisation of Australias Surf Life Saving Association----click here

The following message is based on the surf safety advice of the surf life saving association.

Visit their excellent website packed with information about sydneys beaches.

If you are not used to swimming or to the surf, entering the water, even on the shoreline can be extremely dangerous. Deep channels near the shore and strong currents can quickly occur, taking you by surprise. Unless you are absolutely confident of your swimming ability, you should keep out of the water.

Even if you are a strong swimmer, and you decide to swim, you can still misjudge the unfamiliar conditions of the surf.

Most of Sydneys and Australias ocean surfing beaches are patrolled by the lifesavers from the Surf Life Saving Association, an organisation of dedicated volunteers. When the beach is safe for swimming, you will see two yellow and red flags on the beach. You should swim only between these flags because this is the safe swimming area and other parts of the beach may have dangerous currents that can quickly carry you out into deep water far from the beach. The lifesavers watch the people in the water between the flags to give help if needed.

If you are caught in one of the currents called a "Rip" or Undertow" you might panic, thinking that the current could carry you away far out to sea. However, these currents are usually like a narrow river of moving water, flowing from the beach out to beyond the line of breakers where they gradually slow down. They are part of the natural flow of water around the beach system, where the breaking waves push water towards the beach, and the "rips" allow the water to flow back out, usually in deep channels where the waves will not break. Surfboard riders use the "rips" to get quickly out to the breaking waves.

If you are caught in a "rip" DO NOT PANIC but stay calm and consider your position. If you can, swim out of the "narrow river" of the rip by swimming towards the beach at an angle of 45 degrees to the flow of water in the rip.

The idea is to swim across the flow toward the sides of the rip where the water is not moving out.

If you panic, your instinct will be to swim towards the beach, against the flow of the water.

You cannot swim to safety this way as you will tire quickly, long before you can make any progress.

You may have to swim only a fairly short distance across the flow of the rip to get out of fast moving water. Then you should swim parallel to the beach for 30 metres or so to get away from the rip area, and then swim back to the beach, helped by the breaking waves.

If you feel that you will need help, again, DO NOT PANIC, but tread water or float and go with the flow of the water while facing the beach and wave your arms in the air and shout to signal to the lifesavers that you need help. When the lifesavers see that you are asking for help they will quickly come out and rescue you.

Remember, if there are NO FLAGS, on the beach, there are NO LIFESAVERS to rescue you if you get into difficulties! ALWAYS SWIM ONLY BETWEEN THE FLAGS. This is the area the lifesavers are watching.

All of us, staff and mangement at Australian Sunrise Lodge, wish for a safe and enjoyable visit to Sydney by all our guests, so in the interests of surf safety, follow the surf safety advice of the Surf Life Saving Association at their excellent website packed with information about sydneys beaches.

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