Welcome to Bondi Beach!
In order to have a hassle free day on the sand or in the sea,
please obey the rules below.
- Swim when lifeguards are on duty
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags
- NO FLAGS = NO SWIM
- Always swim with a friend
- Never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- If in doubt, don’t go out
- Ask a lifeguard for help
Dangerous Beach Conditions
A trip to Bondi Beach is exciting, but please make sure to look out for safety signs, they are there to make sure you enjoy your day. Most people who need rescuing at the beach have been caught in a rip or have been knocked into rough waves known as dumpers or surging waves.
If you get into trouble, follow these simple steps to stay safe:
- Stay calm, do not swim against the wave
- Try to float on your back
- Raise your arm for help
- Yell for help
If you see someone showing any of these signs raise the alarm and get help straight away.
Australia’s coastlines are home to some of the most beautiful, strange and deadly animals, get to know some common sea creatures with us!
There are also many types of sharks around Australia. Most are harmless to humans. In the event of a shark sighting, a shark alarm can be sounded informing swimmers to get out of the water.
- A clear bubble with long blue tentacles
- Commonly seen in the Summer
- The blue tentacles when touched are sticky and provide a sting
- Don’t jump on blue bottles
- It’s best to stay away from them
- Tell a lifeguard if they start washing onto the beach
- If you get stung make sure all of the blue tentacles are removed, then run area under hot water (as hot as you can handle without burning the skin)
- Seek medical attention if the swelling and sting don’t reduce
The Blue Ringed Octopus
- Commonly found in shallow rock pools and rocky areas
- Are the size of a 50c coin (very small)
- Usually are light brown in colour, but when disturbed get’s bright blue rings all over its body
- The blue rings are a warning sign, STAY AWAY
- NEVER touch or pick up an octopus
- These are highly venomous
- If bitten the poison from a blue ring octopus is a muscle relaxant and will stop your heart
- Call 000
The Sea Urchin
- Commonly found in and around rocks in shallow water
- Their spikes are very brittle and snap off easily
- If you tread on them the spikes can get stuck in your feet and can become infected
- Make sure you wear appropriate footwear when exploring rock pools and rocky areas
- If you do get spines in your feet its important to remove them as quickly as possible, try soaking your feet in warm water and using tweezers to remove spines