Coast KZN

29 Oct 2020

Weekend spring tide warning

Tamlyn Jolly (Zululand Observer) Picture: Be particularly cautious when high tide turns and recedes towards the low tide as rip currents are strongest during this phase

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is appealing for caution around the coastline this weekend and into next week as the Blue Moon Spring Tide peaks tomorrow (Saturday). Spring tides usually occur twice a month – once during full moon and once during new moon.This October, however, will see two full moons – a relatively rare phenomenon – and the second full moon is known as a Blue Moon.

‘This full moon spring tide brings the usual higher than normal spring high tide and lower than normal spring low tide,’ said NSRI spokesperson, Craig Lambinon.

‘There are two high tides and two low tides daily. We appeal to the public to be aware of this spring tide and to be cautious around the coastline.”

Anglers fishing from rocks, coastal hikers and bathers are urged to be cautious.  Swim at beaches only where and when lifeguards are on duty, and swim between the flags that lifeguards post on the beach.

Lambinon said beach-goers should be particularly cautious when the high tide turns and recedes towards the low tide, as rip currents are strongest during this phase.

‘We are appealing to parents to make sure that children have responsible adult supervision when they are swimming or cooling off in the water,” said Lambinon.