ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE SAFETY FLAGS
Here at Queenscliff , like most of Sydneys lovely beaches Queenscliff has a Surf Club with Lifesaving volunteers. These lifesavers make sure everyday that the beach is safe for swimmers. This area is then designated with red/yellow safety flags . To swim at any of these beaches it is neccesary to swim between the location of these flags. This is the area that is constantly watched by lifeguards to monitor swimmers and their safety.
To swim outside these flagged areas is to swim at your own risk ,and due to the many surf board riders and surf skis that can hit you in the water.
Many rescues are performed on our beaches every year by these dedicated volunteers
ALWAYS TAKE NOTICE OF SAFETY SIGNS THAT ARE DISPLAYED ON BEACHES..
DONT PUT YOURSELF AT RISK ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE MARKED SAFETY FLAGS
- Water Sports
Beware the "Rip" if Boating.
The narrow entrance to Port Phillip is known as "The Rip" and is reputed to be one of the most hazardous stretches of navigable water in the world. It has great variations in depth, from reefs that are not covered at low tide to a maximum of 94 metres but this is in a "deep" that runs across the entrance at the edge of a ledge of rock at a general depth of about 9 metres.
While the rise and fall of the tide outside the Heads is 2.5m it is only about 1 metre inside due to the narrowness of the opening limiting the amount of water that can enter or leave the bay in a tidal period. As a result there are very strong tidal "rips" which give the area its name. Even today, small vessels find it advisable not to navigate the Rip against the tide. But there are always those who will try, and wish they hadn't..
All ships entering or leaving Port Phillip Bay must carry a pilot unless her skipper has an "exemption certificate".
Ships regularly passing through the heads is a spectacle not to be missed when visiting the region. There is a lookout from where you get to see the Rip.
The lookout also gives views over to Point Nepean and the Mornington Peninsula.
- Sailing and Boating