Trevor Veale

Powerful surf conditions set to continue

SWIMMERS, surfers, boat users and fishermen planning to head out on the water off the Clarence coast this week are advised to be aware of powerful surf conditions.

According to Surf Life Saving NSW, the conditions right along the NSW coast are being driven by a large low pressure system that has been building around Tasmania and is expected to impact the entire coastline until Friday as it slowly travels north.

Rock fishermen and those taking coastal walks in close proximity to the water's edge are advised that the swell period - the period it takes for a cycle of waves to be completed - could be as high as 12-14 seconds at the peak of the conditions.

NSW lifesaving manager Andy Kent urged all water users to be mindful of the conditions.

"The spike of drownings throughout January is a timely reminder of the importance of taking steps to keep safe at the beach," Mr Kent said.

"We strongly encourage people to swim at a patrolled location, and if they're going to be doing an activity such as rock fishing to wear a life jacket and let others know their plans."

Volunteer lifesavers will patrol each weekend and public holiday until the 2015/16 season concludes on Monday, April 25.



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