SURF SAFETY: Life savers are pleading with holiday-makers to swim between the flags. It saves lives. Photo: Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
SURF SAFETY: Life savers are pleading with holiday-makers to swim between the flags. It saves lives. Photo: Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

Lifesavers warn about king tides on Valley's coast next week

LIFEGUARDS have issued a warning in anticipation of a high tide event.

King tides, in line with the new moon cycle, will affect the Clarence Coast shoreline from next Monday, ending Saturday January 24.

From high to low tide, the shoreline will shift up to approximately 1.9 metres during this period.

Clarence Valley lifeguard supervisor Greg Wyllie said that amount of water moving in and out, combined with a large number of people swimming, could make for a busy week.

High tides on each day during the king tide period will be between 7.58am on Monday and just past noon the following Saturday.

"Where the tide's high and switching to low, it can cause flash rips, spot rips and, if the seas are large, lots of sweeps and unpredictable currents," he said.

"It's the most turbulent time of the year, emphasising the need to swim between the flags."


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