Surf life saving patrols

Kempsey Shire boasts beautiful beaches which are enjoyed all year round by residents and visitors.

The surf life saving season runs from September to April.

During this season Council provides a lifeguard service during peak holiday periods, and local surf life saving clubs provide volunteer surf life saving services on weekends and public holidays at some beaches.

Beach patrol calendar

This patrol calendar applies to the NSW summer school holiday period. The summer holiday patrols start Wednesday 21 December 2022 and run through to Thursday 26 January 2023. The calendar may change without notice.

Please note: surf life saving clubs also provide volunteer services on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Summer school holiday timetable 

Beach Council lifeguard on duty
Grassy Head

2 x lifeguards

7 days - 9 am to 5 pm

Horseshoe Bay,
South West Rocks
2 x lifeguards
7 days - 9 am to 5 pm
Main Beach,
South West Rocks

1 x lifeguard (1 x extra lifeguard Mon to Fri between Xmas & New Year)

Mon to Fri * - 9 am to 5 pm

Hat Head 2 x lifeguards

Mon to Fri * - 9 am to 5 pm

Crescent Head 2 x lifeguards

Mon to Fri * - 9 am to 5 pm

Except public holidays