12 Tips of Christmas: Be snorkelsafe this summer
536 snorkelers were rescued by lifesavers and lifeguards in December 2019 and January 2020 across Queensland beaches.
Lifesaving Services Manager Peta Lawlor said there are simple steps all snorkelers can take to ensure their safety.
“Snorkelling can be tiring even in calm conditions, so we encourage snorkelers to use a floatation device, like a lifejacket or life ring, to reduce the amount of exertion required,” she said.
“It is really important to not go alone, make sure you have a friend with you or join a guided tour.”
“Conditions can also change throughout the day, so be aware of the tide times as tidal currents can be quite strong.”
Inexperienced or weak swimmers are urged to stay out of the water and not engage in snorkelling activities in open water.
All snorkelers are encouraged to visit their doctor regularly to ensure they have no underlying health conditions that may be triggered by the strenuous activity.
Ms Lawlor said that even experienced snorkelers are at risk when heading out in the water.
“Breath-hold diving while snorkelling can cause shallow water blackouts which can result in death,” she said.
“We strongly discourage anyone from holding their breath for prolonged periods of time while underwater.”
“We want everyone to enjoy their time exploring the Queensland coast, but we want them to return home safely at the end of the day.”
SLSQ reminds everyone to maintain 1.5 metres social distancing when visiting the beach this summer.
“She’ll be right, won’t save your life.” Be a legend not a hero this summer by swimming between the red and yellow flags.