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How safe is sea swimming ?

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How safe is sea swimming ?

Ok we are coming to noosa and have heard stories of crocs and sharks, is there any and how safe is the beaches for swimming in (not too far out ) Also is there a flag system on the beaches if its not safe to swim and are there shark nets ? This is just all stuff i have heard, not sure whats true and whats not ?

Edited: 18 November 2013, 18:42
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1. Re: How safe is sea swimming ?

Don't worry you will be fine. The is a flagged area at Noosa's main beach where you may swim under the watchful eye of our lifesavers.. There are shark nets but really nothing to worry about... Enjoy your visit!

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2. Re: How safe is sea swimming ?

Far North Queensland has the risk of crocodiles and beaches at risk will be signposted. There is no risk of crocodiles on the beach in Noosa, unless one escapes from Australia Zoo and goes for a very long walk!

Sharks are a risk, albeit very minimal, everywhere.

Beaches at popular locations will be patrolled by local surf lifesavers, many of whom are volunteers. There will be yellow flags erected on the beach and you should swim between them if you want the peace of mind of knowing the lifeguards will be watching you. If you get in trouble, raise your hand, tread water and stay calm.

The biggest risk on the beach in Noosa is getting caught in a "rip" which is an undercurrent in the sea. You need to maintain good situational awareness and don't let yourself get too far away from the shore.

The other risk is that you might just find yourself having too much fun for too long and you'll get sunburnt!

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3. Re: How safe is sea swimming ?

The meaning of the flags on patrolled beaches is here: lifesaving.com.au/downloads/…20Flags.pdf

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4. Re: How safe is sea swimming ?

I got a post on my Facebook page today ...

"Every year sharks kill 10 people ... every year, 100 people die from being stepped on by cows"

Forget about the sharks, watch out for cows.

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5. Re: How safe is sea swimming ?

thanks guys for all the info on swimming, will pass it on to some of the more scared members of the family !

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6. Re: How safe is sea swimming ?

Hi,

No worries with sharks. Remember you only have to be able to swim faster than the slowest member of your group. Seriously sun burn and surf safety are far more serious considerations. Only swim at patrolled beaches, only between the flags and you will be much safer than crossing the street.

Cheers,

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7. Re: How safe is sea swimming ?

Most Australians go through their entire lives never seeing a shark in the ocean ... most don't get bitten by snakes or deadly spiders ... and very very few would have even seen a wild crocodile, let alone one at the beach.

Strangely enough, with all the stuff we have here, we all seem to survive unscathed pretty much.

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8. Re: How safe is sea swimming ?

yeah thanks, i will be careful when swimming ect

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9. Re: How safe is sea swimming ?

able, i suppose its the same here, we have jellyfish and you can get a right sore sting with them, but you would have to be really unlucky here as not many folk go in the sea, its that cold ! but have came across a few on holiday in spain, greece !

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10. Re: How safe is sea swimming ?

Noosa is a very safe beach so you won't have any problems. It's only if you venture up north further that depending on the month you are visiting will you get marine stingers in the waters, crocs etc etc...

www.marinestingers.com.au - FYI

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