At beaches up and down our coastline, you will see signage highlighting the hazards. Select the symbols below to learn more about each hazard.
The main hazards include:
UNEXPECTEDLY ENTERING THE WATER
Around 20% of the people who drown either slip, trip or fall into the water. They never intended to get wet.
Cold water shock is triggered in water temperatures lower than 15⁰C – the average temperature of Pacific Rim waters is 10⁰C. So even in the summer, the water temperature is cold enough to cause cold water shock, which can steal the air from your lungs and leave you helpless in minutes.