ROADS and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast today and continuing into Saturday from Seal Rocks to the Victorian border.
Skippers and owners of small craft should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore
Rock fishers should also check weather forecasts to decide whether it is safe to fish near dangerous surf before heading out.
Strong winds can also cause dangerous conditions for vessels on moorings which have been poorly maintained.
Every skipper is responsible for the safety of their vessel and all on board. RMS advises skippers to:
• Check the official weather forecast before and during boating
• Ensure the boat and its equipment are suitable for the conditions
• Log on/off with a Marine Rescue NSW marine radio base for every trip offshore
• Wear a lifejacket.
Surf Life Saving NSW says an easterly to south-easterly swell is expected to reach 2.5 metres, peaking Friday afternoon with a swell period around 11 seconds.
These conditions will result in a higher level of risk for coastal activities such as swimming, crossing bars by boats and rock fishing.
“We’d advise against people swimming at unpatrolled locations and to stay away from rock platforms and headlands until these conditions moderate,” Surf Life Saving NSW Operations Manager Matt Rodwell, said.