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!
WARNING: Swimming not advised
Swimming not advised.
Warning: Strong currents
Strong currents hazardous to people undertaking aquatic activity.
Warning: High surf or large breaking waves
Large, rapid moving mass of water in which people could be caught.
Warning: Incoming tides
Incoming tides that could cause people to become trapped.
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.
Warning: Shallow water (diving)
Area of shallow water where people, if they dived, could strike the floor.
Warning: Deep water
Area of water where people could get out of their depth.
Warning: Submerged objects
Area of water where people, if they dived, could strike submerged objects.
Warning: Kite surfing
Kite surfers could collide with people in the water.
Warning: Surf craft area
Surf craft being in an area where they could collide with people in the water.
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.
Parasailors and mechanically powered craft could collide with people in the water.
Warning: Boating area
Boats could collide with people in the water.
Warning: Sand yachting
Sand yachts could collide with people on the beach.
Collision with a slipway or trolley being used to launch or retrieve a boat.
Warning: Unstable cliff
Falling rocks, unstable cliffs.
Warning: Unstable cliff edge
Falling off cliff.
Warning: Unprotected edges
Vehicle falling over edge.
Warning: Strong winds
Strong winds can sweep people on or in the water away from the shore.
Warning: Tsunami hazard zone
Tsunami wave originating from an ocean floor seismic event in which people could be caught.
Warning: Sewage effluent outfall
Flow of discharged water and unhygienic material.