We don’t think there’s any city on Earth that matches Sydney’s beach-centric lifestyle. Fancy a surf before you start exploring all the city has to offer? Easy. Or some gentle laps at a harbour beach as the day comes to an end? Done. Our waterways aren’t just for swimming and surfing either – you can snorkel, scuba-dive, kayak, SUP, sail, jet-ski... or just simply find a spot on the sand and soak up the sun.
Enjoy Sydney's beaches by following these safety tips
Always swim between the red and yellow flags; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention. Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beaches by visiting beachsafe.org.au.
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