Beach Safety

In most summers over 1000 rescues and 100,000 preventative actions were performed during 155,000 patrol hours on New Zealand beaches.

Taylors Mistake was one of these beaches. Every weekend during the surf season a team of up to eight lifeguards patrol our beach, working with the public to prevent injury and drowning, and provide treatment if the need arises.

Everyone plays a part in ensuring New Zealand’s beaches are safe.  Make sure you do your part by following lifeguard instructions, understanding beach conditions and how you can be safe at the beach this summer.

Keeping safe at the beach

Every beach is different and has its own risks and hazards. We recommend talking to the lifeguards on duty at the beaches you visit to identify specific areas or conditions you should be particularly wary of.  Below is a general guide only on how you can practice beach safety.  For more information on Taylors Mistake beach click here.

Swim between the flags.  The red and yellow flags show the safest place to swim on that day. During the day surf lifeguards may move the flags as wind, tide or surf conditions can change.  Always check where they are and follow lifeguard instructions.

Be Sunsmart

New Zealand has the highest death rate from melanoma in the world.  Remember to apply sunscreen before you go out in the sun, reapply every hour or after you have been in the water.The higher the SPF rating, the longer the protection sunscreen offers.  For more information on being sunsmart we recommend you visit the Cancer

Be smart around rocks.

Rocky protrusions can be very dangerous in medium to large surf.  Don’t think a wave will simply wash around you, moving water is powerful.  When fishing always wear a lifejacket and remember these rules:

  • Never stand on a rock outcrop that is already wet- a sure sign waves will be washing over it
  • Always face the ocean, never turn your back on the sea
  • Always have a clear escape path to safe ground- don’t get caught by the sea