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"The water IS NOT as safe as it seems" Water safety. Tip by Jez79

Water safety., Gold Coast: 13 reviews and 11 photos

  Burleigh Heads
by Jez79

Many tourists have drowned on the Gold Coast because they don't swim between the flags at the beach. The red and yellow flags along Australian beaches represent the area where surf lifesavers patrol. A green flag represents relatively safe water, plain yellow means exercise caution, and a plain red flag means danger or beach closed (don't swim). If you get into trouble between the flags you can wave your arm and the lifeguards will come to assist. Because the beaches often have strong currents and rips, it is easy for people not familiar with the area to get into trouble, and if you're not visible to the lifeguards, they can't help you!! Also keep an eye out for signs about marine stingers - the ones on the Gold Coast are usually not fatal but can be treated with vinegar or ice to ease the stinging.

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  • Updated Apr 21, 2003
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