THE start of November marks the start of the stinger season with nets being rolled out across the region this week – including at Forrest Beach.
As the warmer summer months approach, the risk of stingers increases and lifesavers are urging the public to cover up and take caution when swimming in tropical waters.
Forrest Beach club captain Luke Kaurila said it is important for beach goers to remain vigilant and take extra precautions swimming in the warmer months.
He said: Forrest Beach is fortunate to have a patrolled swimming enclosure, so the community can still enjoy the beach and water and our beautiful lifestyle up here in the north.
‘While the risk of stingers increases in the warmer weather, beach goers can take extra precautions by always swimming in the enclosure which is set out by the red and yellow flags, continue to wear protective clothing while swimming and if anyone has any questions or concerns they can see our lifesavers on patrol.’
Mr Kaurila said lifeguards and lifesavers would continue to perform regular stinger drags in and around patrolled areas.
‘Our stinger drags are a vital part of our patrol and allow us to identify if any stingers are present and to make sure none have managed to make their way into the enclosure and in the event one is identified in the net we will close the beach immediately.’
Stinger nets were installed at Forrest Beach yesterday.
Forrest Beach surf lifesavers patrol on Saturdays from 1 pm to 5 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm.