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Water safety

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Coastal Parks and Inland Waters

Swimming safety

  • Never swim alone - if you get into difficulties you could drown
  • Swim only at lifesaving patrolled beaches
  • Ensure you supervise your children near water at all times
  • Between September - April, wear a hat, long sleeves, sunglasses, apply sunscreen every 2 hours and seek the shade of your beach shelter regularly.
  • Beware of blue-green algae, especially in mid-late summer. Avoid swimming in affected lakes as the algae is poisonous
  • In an emergency, dial Triple Zero 000 to access police and emergency services.

Boating safety

  • If your boat capsizes, make sure you can stay afloat. Life jackets (PFD’s) are compulsory
  • Pack a hat, water, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen to avoid sunburn and dehydration
  • Check tide charts and weather for yachting, sea kayaking, kite boarding and other water sports at Marine Weather Conditions
  • Conduct a full safety check of your boat/watercraft before you leave
  • If you plan to kayak, check river levels before you leave and when you arrive
  • Pack appropriate safety equipment including, map, compass, first aid kit, bilge pump and distress flares in case of emergency
  • Completing a Trip Intentions Form could save your life. If you are planning an extended trip, or going paddling in remote areas, provide your family/friends with a map of where you are going, your vehicle registration and when you plan to return. For more information go to Let someone know before you go
  • You can hire an Emergency Beacon (EPIRB) in case of emergency. For information on emergency distress beacons visit AMSA Beacons.
  • In an emergency, dial Triple Zero 000 to access police and emergency services.
  • Learn about paddle craft safety from Transport Safety Victoria.