Great Barrier Reef Safety TipsStay safe while enjoying Australia's greatest natural wonder.
Be honest about your swimming ability
If you are swimming from a beach that is staffed by lifeguards then swim between the red and yellow flags and don’t venture out too far as you need to be able to swim back. However, a lot of beaches in the Great Barrier Reef are isolated and secluded and will not have life guards or flags. You will need to use your own judgement and swim at a depth that is comfortable for you.
If you are not a comfortable swimmer let the staff on board day cruises know so that they can provide you with floatation devices and advise you on which areas to swim and snorkel in close to the boat. Remember that when you head out on a day cruise you will be swimming in the ocean and unable to touch the bottom for support.
If you CANNOT SWIM at all then a pontoon cruise is a better option. These cruises include glass bottom boat tours, underwater observatories and helicopter flights. Sailing tours are also a great alternative for non-swimmers to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Staff are required to keep guard on boats monitoring the safety of ALL passengers. They are not always able to get in the water with you and hold your hand as you go out snorkelling or swimming.