Beach Patrols

Shoalhaven Beaches – BeachSafe Information

Swimming and fitness in the great outdoors is just one of many benefits of the Shoalhaven’s temperate climate and beautiful surrounds.

Shoalhaven Coastline

Blessed with perhaps the most beautiful landscapes on the east coast of Australia, the Shoalhaven is home to the lush rainforests of Kangaroo Valley, our own hinterland near Milton and miles of exquisite beaches along its eastern boundary. 

Stretching from Berry to North Durras, the balmy sea breezes of summer and the clean, crisp winter air give every reason to stay outdoors and keep the temperatures and climate of the Shoalhaven comfortable all year round. 

From Sea Pools at the beach to poolside in our Centres, it's vitally important to be aware of both yourself and your children when in and around water. For your own safety and the safety of others, we strongly recommend swimming at patrolled beaches. 

To make your next trip to the beach safer, be aware of some of the main hazards and follow these simple tips: 

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags 
  • Read the safety signs 
  • Ask a lifeguard or lifesaver for safety advice 
  • Swim with a friend 
  • If you need help, stay calm and attract attention by raising your arm above your head 
  • Never enter the water if you have been drinking alcohol or are under the influence of drugs 
  • Wear sunscreen, seek shade and stay hydrated 
  • Boat skippers and rock fishers should check the local forecast, seek advice from NSW Maritime and always wear a lifejacket 
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency, dial Triple Zero (000) - Police 
  • For information on Beach conditions or to find a patrolled beach near you, check out the BeachSafe website or download the mobile app. 

The Surf Lifesaving South Coast Inc is an affiliated Branch of Surf Life Saving Australia (NSW). 

Our Branch is made up of 9 Surf Clubs, has over 3000 members and is one of 11 Branches in the state of NSW. We patrol beaches from Warilla / Barrack Point SLSC in the north, all the way down to Mollymook SLSC in the south. 

See www.southcoastbranch.com.au for more information.

Shoalhaven Council Beach Patrols

Council's 2019 / 20 Annual Professional Beach Lifeguarding Programme has concluded at all of the below beaches apart from South Mollymook which will run until 28 February 2020.

Cessation of Volunteer Patrolling Services (COVID-19)

Effective immediately, all patrols by volunteer surf lifesavers on NSW beaches will be cancelled for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.


This unprecedented decision has been made to protect the safety and welfare of volunteer surf lifesavers from potential infection by the COVID-19 virus, and to support the Government’s position in discouraging large gatherings of people on beaches across NSW.


SLSNSW will attempt to maintain adequate lifesaving response capability along the NSW coastline through;


- Emergency Club Call Out Teams that are to be rescue ready for any emergency response and taskings


- Enhanced Support Operations (inclusive of Duty Officers and Rescue Watercraft) that will provide a roving visible presence ready to respond to emergency incidents;


- Continued Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) drone surveillance operations, with UAV pilots monitoring beach conditions, marine creature activity and assisting with search and rescue operations. SLSNSW UAV operators can work alone, adhering to social distancing guidelines, while providing very effective beach and coastline surveillance; and


- The SLSNSW State Operations Centre (SurfCom) will continue to operate and coordinate all emergency responses through the SLSNSW Emergency Response System. SurfCom will also continue to provide radio and incident support to both Branch Support Operations and UAV surveillance operations.


For more information about COVID-19, visit the links provided below: 

- Surf Life Saving New South Wales

- Surf Life Saving Australia

- NSW Health

- Australian Government, Department of Health

- World Health Organisation