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Beach Safety

Follow these rules to stay safe when you’re visiting our beaches.

No flags = no swim

This is the most important rule to know when you head to the beach.

Red and yellow flags tell you that lifeguards or lifesavers are on duty. If you can’t see these flags, don’t go in the water – even at beaches that are usually patrolled.

Remember, any unpatrolled beach is a dangerous beach.

Beach safety tips

  • Never swim alone
  • Always supervise children
  • Follow the advice of lifeguards and lifesavers
  • Never drink alcohol and swim
  • Slip, slop, slap and wrap – visit the Cancer Council website for sun safety tips
  • If you get into trouble, stay calm and raise your arm.

Other useful information to Stay Safe in Bass Coast can be found on our Visit Bass Coast website.

Related Information:

Health Direct

Play it Safe By the Water

Beach Safe

Life Saving Victoria

Rip Currents

Rip currents – more commonly called rips – are strong currents of water flowing away from the shore.

Most beaches have rips, and they’re one of the biggest hazards at our beaches. They can change suddenly, and are often tricky to spot.

Some of the signs of a rip include:

  • Darker water with no or fewer breaking waves
  • A rippled surface surrounded by smooth water
  • Foamy, sandy or discoloured water, or objects floating away from the shore.

Not all rips show all these signs. If in doubt, stay out of the water.

If you get caught in a rip:

  • Stay calm and raise your arm for help
  • If you are on a board, stay with it
  • DO NOT try to swim against the rip. If you start to get tired, try floating.
  • Relax and let the rip carry you away from shore until it gets weaker. You can then swim sideways (parallel to the beach) or towards breaking waves and head back to shore once you’re out of the rip.

To learn more about rips visit Beachsafe.

Download the Beach Safe App for the latest information about every Australian beach.

Visit VicEmergency for information in relation to beach closures.