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Wollongong City Council

Plan your winter swim and stay safe at the beach

Monday 26 April 2021

Want to brave the weather for a swim? We’ve reminding beach goers that we’ve switched over to our winter beach patrol hours.

This means from Monday 26 April, our only patrolled beach is North Wollongong Beach with lifeguards on duty from 9am to 4pm, seven days. It will be flags down at all other beaches and they will remain unpatrolled until the start of the term three school holidays.

At the same time, we’re also switching back to our winter pool hours and have made changes to how people book to use the pool.

Read more in our media release: ‘No need to book a swim at our pools’.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said that even though the cooler weather may put some people off for a swim, we know there are some dedicated swimmers who love to enjoy a dip year-round.

“Now that the winter season is here and less of us will brave the water, we’re moving to our winter beach patrol hours,” Cr Bradbery said.

“Despite these changes, it’s still vitally important that all beach-goers continue to stay safe when around or in the water. As always, swim between the red and yellow flags and follow the directions of our Lifeguards and volunteer Surf Life Savers when at the beach.”

We also ask that all residents and visitors to Wollongong continue to follow the NSW Public Health Orders for social distancing when at the beach.

For more information about our Beaches and patrol hours see the Beaches webpage.

This weekend has also seen Council revert to our winter hours for dogs on beaches.

Read more in our media release: ‘Dogs on beaches winter hours now in place’.