Extreme Heatwave hits the Gold Coast

Australia is known for it’s extreme weather and this year, the Gold Coast is feeling it in full force with temperature records being broken weekly.

In the last few years, the average temperature has an increased 1 degree per year, which doesn’t sound a lot however if this pattern continues we can anticipate pretty unbearable summers in ten years time!

Many Gold Coasters have been seeking refuge in the water and making the most of our coastal access.  The marina has been extremely busy with our boaties trying to keep cool on the Gold Coast waterways and urge everyone to take care while they are out and about.

A few things to consider during a heatwave:

Dehydration: If you are out in the sun whether it be for work or recreation, by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  Keep your fluids up but do it properly. Taking small sips of water will do nothing to replenish you, you need to have proper drinks – mouthfuls at a time – in order for it to have any affect.

Sunburn: Even when there is cloud cover, you will still burn if outdoors wearing no sun protection.  Ensure you are covered as best you can, reapply your sunscreen and if possible stay out of direct sunlight during the peak times of 11am-2pm.  If you are out on the water, you are doubling your chances of sunburn with the water reflection.

Good luck to everyone staying cool and enjoy the water!

heat wave Jan 2016

Tips for Australia Day on the water

Australia Day on the Gold Coast is becoming officially one of the busiest days on the Gold Coast waterways which is why if you are planning on being out on the water, there’s a few things to keep in mind:

Do not drink and drive:The water police will be out in force on Australia Day and for good reason.  It’s one of the highest traffic days on the Gold Coast waterways which means there is little room for those drivers who are doing the wrong things and possibly causing accidents. If you are going out on the boat and intend on having guests on board enjoying a few coldies, ensure everyone knows from the first minute you jump on the boat, who is the designated driver for the day.

Ensure you have the correct amount of life jackets and safety equipment: Most people have a boat so they can invite friends and family along.  If you are planning on having extra guests on the boat, firstly ensure your vessel is allowed to carry the intended number of passengers and secondly ensure every single person has a life jacket.  It is also worthwhile to check all of your standard safety equipment and first aid supplies.

Fuel up: It may sound obvious but you will more than likely be out on the boat on Australia Day longer than usual so ensure that your petrol tank is full.

Join VMR: If you only use these guys once, you have more than paid for your annual membership fee.  Even the most experienced boatie and well-maintained vessel can experience difficulties and being a member of the Volunteer Marine Rescue can make a bad situation a lot more bearable! Click HERE for more information

Stock up on water: Australia day is notoriously hot so make sure, for everyone’s sake, you have stocked up on lots and lots of water.

Have a happy Australia day!


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