Knowing how to stay safe and what to look out for whilst rock fishing can help you to stay safe and ensure an enjoyable rock fishing experience with your friends and family.

How can I stay safe while rock fishing?

  • Look for hazard signage & a rescue device. Council lifeguards place signs around the fishing spots to let you know of any dangers that may be present – make sure you look for these signs before you start fishing. Most rock fishing spots will also have an angel ring nearby for emergency use.
  • Observe the spot before you start. Spend at least 20 minutes watching the conditions and your planned fishing site before beginning. If it seems too rough or unpredictable look for another spot.
  • Never go fishing alone. Always go fishing with a friend or in a group and always tell someone where you are.
  • Learn to swim, learn to float, learn to survive. Learning to swim and learning to stay calm and float will help you to stay safer if you ever fall into the ocean or if you ever get washed in while rock fishing - it's never too late to learn.
  • Pick a safe spot and plan an escape route. Continuously monitor the conditions as they can change quickly and never turn your back on the ocean as large swells can occur suddenly. Always plan a safe way to get out in case you get washed in.
  • If you get washed in to the ocean, stay calm and look for an exit. If you are washed in, stay calm and swim away from the rocks. Look for a safe place to come ashore or stay afloat and wait for help to arrive.
  • If you see someone who is washed in the ocean, DO NOT jump in. You can help someone by throwing them something to hold onto. Look around, many fishing spots have red floatation devices installed for public use. Get help by calling 000 – always make sure you know your exact location.

Do not pack alcohol.

Make sure you have plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Avoid alcohol while rock fishing as it can impair your ability to think clearly and make the right decision. Alcohol slows down your reaction time and increases your chances of getting into trouble in the water.

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Remember it is never too late to learn to swim.

Learn to swim, learn to float, learn to survive. Learning to swim and learning to stay calm and float will help you to stay safer if you ever fall in.

Resources to download

Rock Fishing Factsheets:

Free fact sheets to download, print and share with your friends and family. Our fact sheets are suitable for anyone trying to find out more information about the rock fishing, and how you and your family and friends can stay safe while enjoying rock fishing.

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