The South Beach Swimming Zone has been gazzetted and is now in force.
The revised South Metro Boating Guide for the region identifies the swimming zone the full length of South Beach (and little dog beach), so motorized vessels are no longer permitted within 125m of the shoreline.
The Department of Transport has been increasing awareness of the new swimming zone through social media and their education activities. They will also be doing regular patrols of the area.
Today I saw boats parked a safe distance off South Beach, they seemed to be respecting the new rule.
It can be hard to work out what is 125m from shore (especially with the tide going in and out) but as a general rule, you should be able to swim groyne to groyne (and go a little off course) without the fear of running into a boat or being hit by one. Sadly, there were a few jet skis zooming around within the swimming zone today.
Here’s what you can do if a motorized vessel is within the swimming zone: Read more »