Find the flags posted at the beach and swim between them. The red and yellow flags mark the safest place to swim at the beach. Follow these rules and your time at the beach will be a safe time without needeing the intervention of one of the handsome Life Savers of Manly.
No matter how pretty the water looks it still can be dangerous with strong currents and rough surf. Be careful and observe any surf/current warnings posted at the Life Saving Stations on the beach. Being proactive can save your life.
The Sun is strong in Australia and there is a high rate of skin cancer here. Do yourself and your health a favor and wear that sunblock; reapply. If you are outside during peak sun during the hours of 12 noon and 2pm; try as hat as well.
My husband and I are fair skinned people and are very careful when in this sunny climate. Even with the best sunblock and hats we have gotten a bit pink. We do our best to avoid being outside for the peak sun but it can't always be helped.
It goes without saying how much we love our beaches and our great outdoors. Australia is known all over for its great weather ,hot days and long summers...The fact is though as much as we love to be in the "outdoors", and play our different sports we have the highest rates of different skin cancers in the world. Mind you we have great awareness programmes on the education of skin cancer.
PLEASE BE VIGILANT WHEN IN THE SUN THAT YOU DON'T GET OVER EXPOSED.
Having grown up in Manly there was nothing more I liked than a day at the beach weather it be a surf, or just a swim , and have done so all my life. Now, I find at my yearly check ups there is always a skin cancer there to be removed. When enjoying a good day out in the strong sun ALWAYS wear a good sunscreen at least 15+ and , also re apply it everytime that you come out of the water..Remember you can never wear too much sunscreen. Another good idea is a wide brimmed hat and a good pair of "Sunnies"(sunglasses.) always be vigilant of small children also as they sunburn quickly..It seems now without doubt that our summers are getting hotter and stronger. TAKE CARE AND BE AWARE
Known for its wonderful beaches Sydney has many to be enjoyed for all the family and Manly is no exception. The beach has always been a fun place for the day but is not without its dangers.
Australia also prides itself on its outstanding lifesaving movement that makes our beaches amongst the safest in the world. Everyday lifesavers check out the beaches to find the safest area for swimmers.This is then marked with safety flags in the designated areas. PLEASE Swim only in these areas between the red /yellow safety flags.
DO NOT SWIM AFTER DARK
DO NOT SWIM IF YOU ARE AFFECTED BY ALCOHOL
DO NOT SWIM IF YOU ARE AFFECTED BY NARCOTICS OR MEDICATION
DO NOT SWIM ALONE
Manly is a popular destination; for the beach, attractions, shopping and dining. The beach and Corso can get very crowded so be prepared during peak times to feel a bit cramped on the beach and on the Corso. Early morning and late afternoon seem to have less people and is more enjoyable for strolling about.
I know this is a played over warning. But its terribly true. When I was there the other day the waves were coming in at 10 foot measures. The force of the water pulling back out after an exceptionally high wave was quite strong. And we were caught in water that came in fast and deep as well.
The sun is very strong in Australia and skin cancer rates are high. Make sure to wear sunblock at all times and a hat if possible. We carry sunblock with us at all time to re-apply throughout the day for maximum protection.
During our visit to Manly Beach the tides and waves were so high I don't see how anyone would consider taking a chance and bathing here.
I actually didn't see many people out in the water, so I guess they were cautious.
Just use common sense when you are confronted with large waves and undertows!!
Manly has over one miliion visitors a year and at times it can get very hectic and crowded.
Manly Police are taking control off the Corso after midnight as many fights can occur regarding drunk males.
TIP> Stay away from The Corso after midnight or walk down another street to get to your hotel. Fights usually occur outside the hotels around 1am in The Corso.
When a southerly wind blows at Manly Beach it can also bring Bluebottles into shore.
Lifesavers will warn people of the danger of being stung. If you do get stung go straight to the Life Savers tent and they will look after you.
If no lifesavers around then take the thin blue vein away from your body and wash with cold water, a cold pack of ice is then immediately placed on the body. It will be painful for at least 30 minutes.
If you spot bluebottles in the water tell the lifeguards on duty. Then take a walk up the beach to Queenscliff the furthest beach NORTH and usually there are no bluebottles at this end of Manly Beach.
Many tourists have drowned at Manly Beach due to the simple fact of NOT swimming between the Flags. Manly has been rips and currents which can be potentially dangerous.
The first rule of beach safety is: Swim between the flags.
These are red and yellow flags which you will find on most popular Australian beaches. They indicate not only which stretch of water is safe to swim in but also an area where surf lifesavers keep a watchful eye on those in the water.
Some dangers you may face outside these "flagged" areas are submerged rocks, rips and currents.
Though most parts of Manly Beach is ‘alright’ for kids and amateur swimmers/surfers. There’re still some parts that is way too dangerous, beware of the “sudden-drop” the water can get from knee-level shallow to 2-3 meters deep in just seconds. It’s essential to notice what group of people’s hanging around that zone/area, like, if all you can see are experienced surfers’ then get out of the area cuz that means the water is deeper and high waves are coming that way. Actually there’re some precaution signs but most of us never give a damn reading them.
If you run into this man in Manly at the Bower Street Cafe, you might think he's a bum in Ugg boots, mooching a flat white from the cafe but it's not the case. He's just a crazy Californian (like me), living in Oz (unlike me!).
Manly is a small town. If you see him, tell him Mel said he'd buy you a beer!
It doesn't matter where you are these days, you have to be careful of what you take onto the beach with you. If you are on your own then the best way to be sure nothing is stolen is by renting one of the lockers available on an hourly basis as you go onto the beach - you can't miss them!
The cost approx AU$2 an hour, depends on size of locker - they range from small to large with an attendant on guard all day. they close early if the weather is poor so just keep an eye on the attendant throughout the day oif you are there all day. Ideal for wallets and cameras.