Surf Life Saving Australia Beach Message – Stay Safe, Stay Home
Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has today urged the public to stay away from the beach, particularly these upcoming school holidays, in support of the message and requirements of the Federal Government, to slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission.
“The Easter school holidays are when we traditionally see large numbers gather on our beaches and whilst we recognise that this is often part of our culture, at this present time, Surf Life Saving Australia is urging the public to adhere to the Government warnings, particularly with respect to social distancing,” said SLSA President Graham Ford AM.
“We all have a role to play to combat COVID-19 and as community leaders, we recognise our role, and unlike most years where we encourage people to visit our coastline and swim between the flags, this year our message is necessarily different – stay safe, stay home and help stop the spread of COVID-19 – please stay away from the beach.
“Some surf lifesaving services have taken the decision to adjust and/or withdraw their patrols as a result of COVID-19, meaning that the level of front line support from our volunteer surf lifesavers may not be as the public would normally expect, it simply won’t be as safe for people if they were to visit some beaches people would normally visit.
“The safety and wellbeing of Surf Life Saving volunteer lifesavers, who are critical to our community, is also at the forefront of all our minds when considering these decisions.”
Surf Life Saving patrols and Government messages may differ in each State and Territory – to find out specific information in each jurisdiction:
Surf Life Saving New South Wales
Surf Life Saving Queensland
Surf Life Saving Northern Territory
Surf Life Saving South Australia
Surf Life Saving Tasmania
Surf Life Saving Western Australia