The beach is a kiwi staple over summer but it can be dangerous. Learn the risks, be prepared, and you can keep yourself and family safe.
The water safety code
This code offers simple tips on how to stay safe in the water:
- Be prepared - learn to swim, set rules for water play, wear appropriate attire and use safe equipment.
- Watch out for yourself and others - always supervise children, swim between the flags, listen to the lifeguards, be considerate of other users.
- Be aware of the dangers - enter unknown water feet first, obey safety and warning signs, don't swim if intoxicated, cold or tired.
- Know your limits - never swim or surf alone, learn how to help others without risking yourself, develop first aid skills.
Read more about the code(external link) and how you can use it to stay safe this summer.
The beach can hold many hazards such as strong rips and currents, boats, sudden drop offs and strong waves. Learn about the kinds of hazards(external link) you could encounter at the beach.
Rips are often the cause of people getting into trouble in the water. Learn how to identify a rip(external link) and what to do if you're caught in one.
Council commissioned a rip current education and awareness report for Scarborough Beach and Sumner Beach [PDF, 1.2 MB] in 2019, to review its existing signage at the popular recreational spots as one way to reduce the risk of drowning. Recommendations in the report are currently being reviewed and followed up on by Council, working with stakeholders in the community.
Surf lifesaving patrols
Always swim between the flags. Safe swimming between the flags can be found at the Surf Life Saving Clubs.
You will also find the dates and times that lifeguards patrol on the Surf Life Saving Club website(external link).