Surf safety: Lifesavers Rodney and Mariah Jones on patrol on Coolangatta Beach.
Surf safety: Lifesavers Rodney and Mariah Jones on patrol on Coolangatta Beach. Blainey Woodham

Stay safe and enjoy the beach

THE ocean is a beautiful but very dangerous place.

From rips, sunburn and creatures that sting there is a dangerous world below the shimmering blue ex-terior and one that can be navigated safely by following the rules.

Coolangatta Tweed Heads Surf Live Saving Club president Rodney Jones said the biggest mistake beach-goers make is not swimming between the flags.

“Swimming between the flags is the main thing people don't do.

“No matter how old you are you have to swim between the flags,” Mr Jones said.

“It's also important to keep an eye on where you are. Pick a landmark and don't go past it.

“People often don't know how much they are drifting and how fast they are moving, so picking a landmark like a building will help them to keep track.”

Mr Jones said bluebottles can also be a safety concern in the water.

“When the wind is blowing from the north-east that is the time when they are usually in the water, but they can appear at other times,” Mr Jones said.

“When they are in the water we put up signs and if they get really bad we close the beach.

“You can usually see them on the sand and the water's edge.”

Mr Jones said the lifesavers are there to help in the event of a bluebottle sting.

“If you are stung go to the patrol shed and see the lifesavers and they will administer treatment.”

Mr Jones said bluebottles can be seen floating on top of the ocean surface.

“They can be very common in this area and it is common for people to be stung,” Mr Jones said.

Mr Jones also warned of the dangers of body boarders and boogie boarders to swimmers.

“Look for the signs that are up, there is a special area for body boarders to stay in that area for the safety of all swimmers,” Mr Jones said.

“If you are in trouble wave your hand back and forth and a lifesaver will help you.”



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