Warnings of dangerous currents and rips with change of tide on New Year’s Day

LIFESAVERS are warning swimmers to be extra vigilant when in the water on New Year’s Day, with dangerous conditions forecast with the change of tide.

The tide is tipped to turn during the busiest time of the day on Monday, adding pressure on lifesavers on what is already considered one of the busiest days of the year on Queensland beaches.

Chief lifeguard Warren Young said there’ll be a “significant tidal variance” throughout the day, with a high tide of 1.80m at 7.30am and a low tide of .10m at 1.53pm.


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“This will increase the velocity of inshore currents as the tide recedes through the busy mid-morning to lunch period along our beaches,” he said.

“The estuaries at Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creek will also be affected and a general warning is in place for people to avoid swimming near the mouth of these spots as the tide goes out.”

Lifeguards and lifesavers expect a busy weekend as conditions are “not ideal”.

“We ask people to enjoy their swim between the flags and please under no circumstances consider swimming outside the flags or after patrol hours.

“There will be bumper crowds and we encourage all beachgoers to stay safe and have a great New Year.”