Swimming safely between the flags

Check: Lifeguard Supervisor Carl Van Zino and lifesaver Alex Budd with the new surfcraft sign on Nth Cronulla Beach. Picture: John Veage
Check: Lifeguard Supervisor Carl Van Zino and lifesaver Alex Budd with the new surfcraft sign on Nth Cronulla Beach. Picture: John Veage

Spring has sprung and the surf season is just around the corner and the number one priority for Sutherland Shire Council Lifeguards is swimmer's safety.

Swimming without fear of stray surfcraft  is important and is why Sutherland Council Lifeguards have introduced new beach safety flags, following the change to the Australian Standard.

The new black and white flag will replace the old surf craft signage to indicate no surf craft areas between the red and yellow flags and the surfboard zones.

The flags, positioned in pairs, indicate the zones in which fibreglass surf craft (including surfboards and non-powered watercraft) are prohibited from entering, ensuring the safety of swimmers.

“These new flags have been designed to increase visibility of the patrolled swimming area and the surf craft prohibited areas from the water,” said a council spokesman. 

“So stay safe in the surf this summer by only swimming or surfing at beaches patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers and by swimming between the red and yellow flags at all times.”