The beach is Australia’s favourite playground but it can be a dangerous place for the uninitiated.
OceanFit has developed the Ocean Responsibility Code to teach people how to have fun and stay safe at the beach.
Respect the ocean
The ocean environment is powerful, unpredictable and home to hidden dangers.
Swim at patrolled beaches
Swim between the red and yellow flags on beaches patrolled by lifeguards.
Check ocean conditions before you leave home and observe for five minutes on arrival.
If in doubt, stay out
It’s safer to stay out of the water if you’re unsure of the conditions or your ability.
Follow safety advice
Signs and flags identify beach conditions, warn of dangers and separate user groups for your safety.
Watch out for each other
Swim with a buddy and keep within sight and arms reach of children at all times.
Stay in control
Know your limits and keep within them; stay out of the water if under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Wear the correct safety equipment
Wear safety leashes while body boarding and surfing, and lifejackets for boating and rock fishing.
Remain calm and raise an arm
If you get into difficulty: remain calm, float to conserve your energy and raise an arm for assistance.
Learn to ocean swim
Learning to swim in open water will increase your confidence, safety and enjoyment.
Be an ocean guardian
Protect and preserve the ocean environment for yours and future generations.
Download a copy of the OceanFit Ocean Responsibility Code (PDF) and put it on your fridge!