The Central Coast has 16 patrolled coastal beaches and two ocean pool complexes at The Entrance and Pearl Beach. To increase patron safety, lifeguards and volunteers patrol the beaches during the warmer months.


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Beach safety lifeguard services

Central Coast Council lifeguards and Surf Life Saving volunteers provide search and rescue services for our coastal beaches as well as emergency medical care when required. They also play an important role in educating swimmers and visitors on beach and water safety.

Beach patrol services begin on Saturday 28 September 2019 and finish on Monday 27 April 2020.

Lifeguards supervise The Grant McBride Baths at The Entrance seven days a week all year round.

Central Coast patrolled beaches are:

  • Budgewoi (Christmas school peak holiday period only)
  • Lakes Beach
  • Soldiers Beach
  • The Entrance North
  • The Entrance
  • Toowoon Bay
  • Shelly Beach
  • Wamberal Beach
  • Terrigal Beach
  • North Avoca Beach
  • Avoca Beach
  • Copacabana Beach
  • Macmasters Beach
  • Killcare Beach
  • Ocean Beach
  • Umina Beach

Hours of patrol

Non-peak holiday times - 28 September 2019 - 20 December 2019 and 28 January 2020 - 27 April 2020, 9am to 5pm across all 15 beach locations and The Grant McBride Baths.

Peak holiday period - 21 December 2019 - 27 January 2020 at all locations (including Budgewoi) will operate from 9am to 6pm. Terrigal, Avoca and Umina beaches operate an hour earlier - from 8am until 6pm.

Beach safety

Conditions on coastal beaches can change suddenly. When swimming at one of the Central Coast’s beautiful beaches, please follow the lifeguards’ directions and obey the signs.

  • No flags means no swimming
  • Always swim or surf at patrolled beaches
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags
  • If we can’t see you, we can’t save you
  • If you get into difficulty, raise your arm, stay calm, and yell for assistance
  • If you are unsure of conditions, ask the lifeguard or lifesaver in attendance
  • Read and obey the signs and directions from the lifeguard or lifesaver
  • Never run and dive into water, as the depth can change regularly
  • Children should be supervised by an adult at all times
  • Always ‘Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide’

The Grant McBride Baths

The Grant McBride Baths at The Entrance is a popular swimming spot for families and lap swimmers. The Baths have a 50 metre outdoor pool, 22 metre lap pool, a children’s wading pool and amenities.

The baths are open all year round (free entry), from 6am to 6pm during summer and 7am to 3pm during winter.

From 1 May 2019 until 27 September 2019 the baths are supervised from 8am to 1pm.

Between 28 September 2019 and 27 April 2020, the baths are supervised from 9am to 5pm and from 9am to 6pm during the peak Christmas school holiday period.


Each year, in the swimming season from October to April, Central Coast Council monitors water quality for swim-safety once a week and reports on the water quality of 32 local swimming areas. This includes 15 ocean beaches, four lagoon sites and 13 tidal baths and rock pools. Outside of the swimming season from May to September sites are sampled monthly.

Results of our Beachwatch monitoring are updated on our Beachwatch Program page, as well as the Office of Environment and Heritage Beachwatch website.

Dog friendly beaches

For information on dog friendly beaches, visit our Dog parks and beaches web page.

Venue hire

To book a Surf Club or to book an event on a beach, contact Surf Life Saving Central Coast on 4353 0299 for the contact details of each individual surf club or Central Coast Council on 1300 463 954.

Boat ramps

For information on boat ramps (both closed and open water) visit our Boating web page.

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Last updated : Tue 31 Mar 2020