​S​wimmin​​g safely

  • Never swim alone - it is important to always swim with another person
  • Beware of fast-flowing water, submerged objects and deep water
  • Check the conditions. Ask someone who is familiar with the area
  • Look for and read the water safety signs and obey lifeguards/lifesavers instructions. Ask someone who speaks English to help you understand instructions
  • Beware of slippery banks or paths near waterfalls
  • Never swim following the consumption of alcohol or other drugs
  • If you are caught in a rip or current, float on your back and travel downstream
  • If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm. Signal for help, then float and wait for assistance. Float with a current or undertow.
  • If you have a flotation device (boat, surfboard etc) stay with it until help arrives.

If in a​​ river​

  • Always check the water depth before entering. Enter slowly - feet first.
  • Be aware of currents and undertows.
  • Never enter fast flowing or flooded lakes, rivers, dams, weirs or storm water drains.
  • If you feel cold in the water, get out as quickly as you can
  • If someone needs help in the water, stay dry. Reach out with a stick or throw a rope.