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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 2010
at th´ beach b´ach saf´ty tips • Always swim or surf at beaches patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers. • Do not swim or surf alone. • Swim between the red and yellow flags, they mark the safer area to swim. • Read and obey the beach signs. • If you are unsure of surf conditions, ask a lifeguard or lifesaver. • If you get into trouble in the water, don't panic. Raise your arm for help, float and wait for assistance. • Supervise children at all times. • Do not swim after meals or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. • Never run and dive into the water. Even if you have checked the depth before, water conditions can change. • Protect yourself from the sun. Cover up, use sunscreen, wear a hat and sunglasses. whåt to ∂o if you ar´ cau©ht in a rip curr´nt If you have a board, STAY WITH IT. If you are a competent swimmer, paddle the board or swim at right angles to the direction of the rip, and head towards the breaking waves to help wash you back to the beach. If you are an inexperienced swimmer, ride the rip out from the beach and then paddle the board, or swim, parallel to the shore towards the breaking waves. Remember, don't attempt to swim AGAINST the rip as even the strongest swimmers tire quickly. If you do find yourself tiring, or you become frightened, attempt to stay calm, raise your arm and wait for assistance from a lifeguard. Port Macquarie- Hastings Council Lifeguards patrol the popular swimming beaches from October to April. b´ach drivin© p´rmit Vehicles are not to be driven on beaches unless the vehicle carries a current beach driving permit sticker. It is an offence and you could receive an on-the- spot fine. Permits are available from the Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre located at the Glasshouse, Clarence Street. Greater Port Macquarie allows visitors and residents alike to bask on gorgeous pristine, white sandy beaches as an ideal spot for a leisurely family picnic, a weekend BBQ with friends, a long lazy afternoon, or 4WD exploration. Patrolled Swimming Area Lifeguards or lifesavers are on duty when the red & yellow flags are in place No Surfcraft No Surfcraft 21