Bass Coast,

Swim safe this summer

Life Saving Victoria and Bass Coast Shire Council are urging beach-goers to swim between the red and yellow flags this summer.

Following last years ‘Don’t risk the rip’ campaign, Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that we all need to be diligent regardless of whether we are locals or visitors, strong swimmers or weak swimmers, anyone can get caught in a rip and get into danger.

“We had many tragedies on beaches in Bass Coast over the past years, and we don’t want to see any more lives lost,” Cr Rothfield said.  

“I can’t emphasise strongly enough how important it is to never swim in dangerous conditions, no matter how strong a swimmer you may be, and to always have someone looking out for you – never swim in the ocean alone.”

“If in doubt, ask a surf lifesaver about an alternative place to swim and, where possible, swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags.”

Lifeguards will be on duty every day from 10.00am to 6.00pm at Inverloch, Smiths Beach, Cowes and Cape Woolamai from Boxing Day. In addition, volunteer lifesaving patrols will operate each weekend and public holiday from December 2017 to 15 April 2018 at these beaches as well as Cape Paterson Bay Beach and First Surf.

Surf Lifesaving’s Beachsafe website provides expert advice on beach safety and beach conditions to help you find the right beach.