NSRI issues full moon Spring tide safety alert

21 June 2024 | SANews


NSRI and the emergency services are appealing to bathers, boaters, paddlers, sailors, shoreline anglers and coastal hikers to be cautious around the coastline as the full moon Spring tide causes the daily 2 high tides to be higher than normal and the daily 2 low tides to be lower than normal.

This Spring tide peaks on Saturday 22 June.

The affect that Spring tide has on the coast, caused by the gravitational effect that the moon has on the earth – causing the 2 daily high tides to be higher than normal and the 2 daily low tides to be lower than normal, – will already be noticeable around the coastline increasing in intensity towards the full moon peak, on Saturday, and then gradually declining in intensity towards the middle of next week.

Spring tides pose a potential hazard to bathers around the coastline – especially during the outgoing tide.

With schools vacation now in full swing, the NSRI are appealing to coastal water uses to be cautious during this full moon Spring tide phase and the effect Spring tide has around the coast.

Be aware of coastal hiking trails that can be cut off during high tide.

Rough seas, brought on by winter storms and cold fronts, may contribute to hazardous conditions around the coastline during this Spring tide phase.

Inland water users are also urged to be cautious bathing, boating and paddling on rivers, lakes and dams where heavy rainfall is forecast for places.

Follow the SA Weather Service (SAWS) daily forecasts and around the coast follow daily tide time tables.

Be aware of adverse weather, strong winds, fast flowing rivers and sea currents and drifts.

Boaters, paddlers and sailors, wear life-jackets when your craft is underway, carry safety equipment and download and use the free NSRI SafeTrx smartphone app.

Parents must ensure children have responsible adult supervision in and around water.

To everyone, we are appealing to you to be safety cautious during the remainder of the school vacation – Lets keep each other safe – NSRI

Safety First:
– Never swim alone.
– Do not swim in rough seas.
– Always have a flotation device with you.
– Know who to call in an emergency.


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