​Surfer Luke

Surfer Luke shares his just-in-time rescue story.

Always keep an eye on your kids around water.

Above: Surfer Luke

Surfers up and down the NSW coast regularly help people at risk of drowning by conducting rescues. 
Surfer Luke was out on the water when he spotted trouble and acted just in time to save a life:   

 “I grabbed him before he went under and chucked him on to my board. His parents had no idea he was even missing. Worse still, it was an unpatrolled beach so there were no lifeguards on duty”. 

Always watch your kids in and around the water, and swim between the red and yellow flags at a patrolled beach.
This summer Be Water Safe, Not Sorry.  

Swim between the flags

Only swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach.

The red and yellow flags indicate the safest place to swim when lifeguards and lifesavers patrol beaches.

  • Always swim at patrolled beaches
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags. They mark the safer area for swimming
  • Never swim, surf or fish alone
  • Read and obey the signs
  • Be aware of rip currents (know how to spot one and how to escape from one)
  • Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • If in doubt stay out
  • Seek advice from the lifesavers and lifeguards
Find a patrolled beach and more information on beach safety.


Rip currents are strong currents of water flowing away from shore through the surf zone.
Rips are complex and can be difficult to spot, they are the number one hazard on Australian beaches.

The best way to avoid a rip is to swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags.

Water safety experts provide advice on exactly what a rip is, how a rip behaves, how to recognise a rip and what to do if you are caught in a rip.

Different experts have different opinions about the best way to get out of a rip.

For information on surf safety and rips visit these sites:

Surfers rescue 24/7

Surfers Rescue 24/7 is a program delivered by Surfing NSW, designed to train NSW recreational surfers in board rescue techniques and nationally accredited CPR.
Providing lifesaving skills to surfers enables them to confidently assist with a floatation device in an emergency situation. 

The training is delivered to surfers free of charge through surf schools and board riding clubs in high risk locations.