Reducing the risk of shark interactions

The risk of shark attack is extremely low. Take the following steps to minimise the risk of human and shark interactions:

  • Do not swim in areas where there are:
    • large schools of fish
    • pods of dolphins
    • seals
    • sea lions.
  • Do not enter the water if large sharks are known to be present and leave the water immediately and calmly if a shark is sighted.
  • Do not swim alone or too far from shore.
  • Avoid the water at dawn, dusk or at night, when some species of shark are known to come inshore to feed.
  • Always swim at patrolled beaches and stay between the flags.
  • Avoid swimming and scuba diving in water that is being used by recreational or commercial fishers, and areas where there are signs of bait fish or feeding activity.
  • Do not swim in:
    • murky waters
    • near a river mouth, after heavy rainfall
    • in deep channels
    • between sand bars or steep drop-offs.
  • Do not enter or remain in the water if you have open wounds or are bleeding.
  • Look carefully before jumping into the water from a boat or jetty.
  • Leave the water if schooling fish or other wildlife start to behave erratically or congregate in large numbers.
  • Refrain from excessive splashing and avoid having pets in the water with you.

Staying safe at the beach

For more information on safe beach swimming, visit the Beachsafe website.

Page Last Reviewed: 28 Jul 2017
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