Sea Rescue is urging public caution around the coast as the full moon spring tide effect has now started taking effect leading towards the Full Moon peak at 15h00 on Saturday 22 December.
This spring tide alert applies from today to 26 December when the full moon spring tide will bring a higher than normal high tide and a lower than normal low tide.
Spring Tide brings a higher than normal high tide and a lower than normal low tide.
Anglers fishing along the coastline, bathers, beach walkers, and coastal hikers are urged to be cautious. Especially during the afternoons at high tide. The spring high tides which peak every afternoon during this coming week indicates that some beaches will have very little place for beachgoers as the high tide rises.
Rock anglers should be aware that places that they have fished from previously during the past week may be submerged at high tide this next week, and those hiking on the coastline should plan that at high tide their proposed route may not be accessible because of the higher than usual tide.
Sea Rescue is appealing to parents to make sure that their children have responsible adult supervision when they are at the beach or in and around any water.
Because many people find rip currents hard to identify we are urging the public to only swim at beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty and swim within the safe demarcated swimming zones shown by lifeguards using their red and yellow flags.
Make sure that you have the National Sea Rescue Emergency number programmed in your phone – or Google Sea Rescue to find the closest emergency number to the area you are visiting.
Do not go into the water to try and help someone in difficulty but rather throw them something that floats (for example Sea Rescue’s Pink Rescue Buoy) and calls for help.
Emergency Services are on high alert and wish all water uses a safe festive season.