Beachgoers warned of flash rips, tidal surges and powerful swells

BEACHGOERS are being warned to take extra care this Easter long weekend, with flash rips, tidal surges and large swells making for dangerous conditions.

Chief Lifeguard Warren Young said powerful rips combined with tidal surges and large 2m easterly swells will create unstable inshore conditions.

He is pleading with beachgoers to seek advice from City lifeguards and lifesavers before venturing into the water.


“Some beaches, particularly in the north, may have to open a little later on Friday and Saturday mornings due to tidal surges and individual beaches may be closed as conditions dictate,” Mr Young said.

“There are dangerous rips along our beaches at present and people are advised not to take any risks.”

Mr Young said the outgoing tide towards early afternoon along the open beaches and the estuaries at Tallebudgera and Currumbin will cause strong currents to run out to sea.

“We hope to see the conditions settle over the weekend but we advise people to take care swim only between the flags and never swim after hours.”

“And remember to always seek the advice of lifeguards and lifesavers.”

SLSQ operations support coordinator Jason Argent said the significant easterly swell was likely to create powerful and dangerous surf.

He echoed My Young’s advice and is urging beachgoers to exercise caution and common sense.

“Forecasts are indicating a significant increase in surf and swell today and tomorrow, with powerful and potentially dangerous conditions expected to hit beaches across South East Queensland,” Mr Argent said.

“There’s likely to be a lot of water movement and large waves, which can often lead to flash rips and strong currents.

“We’re urging everyone considering a trip to the beach this Easter to be cautious in and around the water, only swim at patrolled locations, and stay between the red and yellow flags at all times.

“There might be some beach closures over the coming days and, if that’s the case, it’s really important to remember that lifeguards and lifesavers have made that call in the interests of public safety, and we ask everyone to respect that decision and stay out of the water.”

SLSQ encourages beachgoers to follow these simple steps to help stay safe in the water:

  • Only swim at patrolled beaches and between the red and yellow flags
  • Don’t swim at night or after drinking alcohol
  • Look for and follow the advice of safety signs
  • Listen to the emergency warnings and follow the advice of emergency services and your local councils
  • Avoid floodwaters and swollen river mouths
  • Be careful of debris and other hazards that may have washed into the surf after heavy rainfall, such as rubbish, tree branches and rocks