Australia and New Zealand are famous for their beautiful beaches, but the sea often has large swells, rips and strong currents. These can be influenced and disrupted by storms, wind patterns and other weather activity. You may not be able to spot these changes from the beach and the water may appear calm.
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(Surf Life Saving Australia)
Swimmers, surfers, fishermen and walkers should all take the time to understand the hazardous surf warning systems before heading out. If conditions are poor, it can make rescue efforts difficult.
Changing wind conditions can also cause marine stingers or jellyfish numbers to increase, so keep an eye out for signage or jellyfish washed ashore.
If the beach is patrolled by lifeguards, they might mark out areas that are unsafe to enter. There may also be red and yellow flags which have been recognised as the safest areas to swim or surf - look out for them. Ask a lifeguard for help and advice if you need it.
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