Roads and Maritime Services and Surf Life Saving NSW have issued an alert to boaters and beachgoers after a Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warning about dangerous surf conditions for the South Coast.
The hazardous surf warning will apply for at least the next 48 hours and is expected to extend from the Far South Coast to Coffs Harbour on Sunday, a SLS NSW spokesman said.
Powerful waves driven by strong winds are expected alongside much of the NSW coastline.
A southerly is forecast to build throughout Saturday reaching peaks of between two to four metres between Sydney and Eden.
“Sets of between five to eight metres are forecast for some areas with south facing and exposed beaches likely to bear the brunt of the conditions,” he said.
Rock fishers were urged to wear the correct safety gear and fish with a friend.
NSW Lifesaving Manager Matt du Plessis urged all water users to be aware that the warning is in place this weekend especially because volunteer patrols have now finished for the season.
“While the strong winds and large waves are likely to deter many people from entering the water this weekend, it is important that beachgoers are still mindful of the conditions,” Mr du Plessis said.
“Although patrols have finished there are still surf lifesaving assets available to respond to coastal emergencies, but it can take time for our callout teams to get to you.
“In addition there are a number of beaches still patrolled by council lifeguards, and we urge beachgoers to familiarise themselves with those locations.
“Please take note of the safety warnings and if you have any doubt whatsoever about your ability to handle the water it’s better not to go in.”