SALT Beach lifeguards had a pre-Easter rescue Wednesday late afternoon as they prepared for the busy weekend.
A twelve-year old boy was rescued after being caught by a swell and hitting his head in a shallow bank at Salt Beach.
The boy cushioned the majority of the impact with his hand and avoided serious harm, but lifeguards took the precaution of putting a neck brace on the boy and calling the ambulance.
Northern NSW Lifeguard Coordinator Scott McCartney said it was just a minor spiral.
"The kid was doing everything right, it's just one of those unfortunate things that happen," Mr McCartney said.
With the approach of the Easter weekend, Mr McCartney warned parents, children, experienced and non-experience swimmers to take care on beaches that were expected to be packed.
"For four days especially, there are going to be a lot of people on the beaches. It's important [for parents] to keep your eyes on the kids all the time," Mr McCartney said.
"If parents can look out for their kids, it does help us out," he said.
Mr McCartney urged parents not to lose their kids, as full-scale searches use up resources and keep life guards from doing their job.
He also asked swimmers to swim in patrolled areas and ask lifeguards about the surf conditions before entering the beach.