Hazard Signs

A quick read can save lives!

There are many different signs around our beaches and other aquatic environments which illustrate hazards that may be present in the area. It's important to read this information so you can learn about the different and changeable environment that might be present, whether you are going to a beach, river, lake or other aquatic environment.

Some common information you might expect to see is a map of the area, rules around animals, fires, vehicles and hazards or warnings you might need to note.

Stay safe and take note!

North Piha

WARNING: Swimming not advised

Swimming not advised.

Swimming not advised

Warning: Strong currents

Strong currents hazardous to people undertaking aquatic activity.

Strong Currents

Warning: High surf or large breaking waves

Large, rapid moving mass of water in which people could be caught.

Large Breaking Waves

Warning: Incoming tides

Incoming tides that could cause people to become trapped.

Incoming Tides

Warning: Deep shelving beach

Sudden drop to deep water at the edge of a land mass, such as a beach, where people could fall unexpectedly because of the sudden change in the depth of the water.

Deep Shelving Beach (1)

Warning: Shallow water (diving)

Area of shallow water where people, if they dived, could strike the floor.

Shallow Water (Diving)

Warning: Deep water

Area of water where people could get out of their depth.

Deep Water

Warning: Submerged objects

Area of water where people, if they dived, could strike submerged objects.

Submerged Objects

Warning: Sharks

Shark attack.

Sharks

Warning: Kite surfing

Kite surfers could collide with people in the water.

Kite Surfing

Warning: Surf craft area

Surf craft being in an area where they could collide with people in the water.

Surf Craft Area

Warning: Towed water activity area

Water skis, wakeboards, doughnuts, banana craft or tow ropes being in an area where they could collide with people in the water.

Towed Water Activity Area

Warning: Parasailing

Parasailors and mechanically powered craft could collide with people in the water.

Parasailing

Warning: Boating area

Boats could collide with people in the water.

Boating Area

Warning: Sand yachting

Sand yachts could collide with people on the beach.

Sand Yachting

Warning: Slipway

Collision with a slipway or trolley being used to launch or retrieve a boat.

Slipway

Warning: Unstable cliff

Falling rocks, unstable cliffs.

Unstable Cliff

Warning: Unstable cliff edge

Falling off cliff.

Unstable Cliff Edge

Warning: Unprotected edges

Vehicle falling over edge.

Unprotected Edges

Warning: Strong winds

Strong winds can sweep people on or in the water away from the shore.

Strong Winds

Warning: Tsunami hazard zone

Tsunami wave originating from an ocean floor seismic event in which people could be caught.

Tsunami Hazard Zone

Warning: Sewage effluent outfall

Flow of discharged water and unhygienic material.

Sewage Effluent Outfall