SURF Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) is urging people to swim between the red and yellow flags at beaches in Cottesloe, Scarborough and Trigg ahead of the launch of the 2017-18 patrol season this weekend.
SLSWA general manager Chris Peck said traditionally October was its busiest month of the season.
“All it takes is a couple of hot days early in spring to entice people back to the beach and, with the presence of winter swells still around driving flash rips, conditions are prime for people to get caught out”, he said.
He said there were 28 lives lost on the WA coast last season – an increase of 65 per cent on the previous season.
“While none of these deaths occurred between the red and yellow flags, it highlights that far too many beachgoers are still taking too many risks when recreating along our coast,” he said.
For information on patrolled beaches, visit mybeach.com.au.