Monday, October 02, 2006

Season opening
















Fresh and full of salty breeze (my poor camera!), today's photo was taken less than an hour ago. I wanted to show you the opening of the swimming season. The beaches have been unpatrolled all winter but now, as the October holidays start, the surf life saving teams are back on duty. The season will last six month, until after Easter next year. These red and yellow flags (identical throughout Australia) are your key to safety: they mark the patrolled area. Treacherous rips and surf claim a number of lives each year so the single most important rule here is 'Swim Between The Flags'. And if you're caught in a rip, just raise one arm (not the two, it's too tiring and you need one to keep afloat!) and the life guards will come and get you. Have never figured how someone who's half drowning can keep an arm out of the water, but these are the instructions anyway...

7 comments:

Ben said...

Good photo and information for safety.
I will keep myself between the flags.

Anonymous said...

great post, yeah the summer is just starting for you - i wish i'm there.

love the colors, very vibrant.
have a good week.

Rauf said...

The colour stands out. Such a beautiful picture. Good news for coming cricket season.

yes, Not good for your camera and not good for your computer as well if you live by the coast. I normally don't stay for long on the beaches, take a few quick shots and run. Yesterday went to our local beach at Chennai after 20 years. Too crowded and dirty, Thinking of having a blog on your lines, Channai daily pictures.

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Curly said...

The yellow and red flags catch the eye very well in this shot Nathalie.

Curly's Photoshop

Sarah said...

Cool photo! Looks like the wind is blowing in...maybe too chilly to actually get in the water yet?

Nathalie said...

It was an interesting day when it was flat calm in the morning, picking up around midday from the NE (as it usually does) and then switching to a violent SE in the afternoon, that's when I was there. But the wind was quite warm and the water temperature around 20 degrees Celsius so there were about a dozen people in the water.

Alex said...

Opening of the sweaming season! How lucky you are!!! Doesn't seem to be too crowed either.