Rock fishing safety

Rock Fishing

Rock fishing is popular in Australia, thanks to our beautiful beaches and scenic coastline. However, it can be a dangerous sport if you're not well prepared.

On average, 8 people per year die whilst rock fishing. We want to change that.

The safety tips below are simple, but can make all the difference when you're next out rock fishing.

We have also published a rock fishing guide for further information.

Use the right gear

  • Always wear a life jacket
  • Wear shoes with non-slip soles
  • Wear light clothing
  • Carry a mobile phone, rope and float with you

Always have back up

  • Never fish alone – always fish with a group a friends
  • Tell someone where you are and when you will be back
  • If your plans change, let someone know

Know the conditions

  • Know the tide and weather by checking the Bureau of Meteorology website before going fishing
  • Watch the water before going fishing to work out the current conditions you're facing
  • Ask locals for advice on fishing certain areas
  • If conditions worsen, find a calmer sheltered spot – or go home
  • Plan an escape route in case you are washed in
  • Never turn your back on the sea


  • If you're swept in, don't panic - stay calm and swim away from the rocks
  • Do not jump in if someone is washed into the water
  • Dial 000 or 112 on your mobile phone or go get help
  • Use a rope or something that floats to rescue the person
  • If there's an angel ring (life ring, life buoy) nearby, know how to use it.

Further safety information about rock fishing

Life Saving Victoria

Maritime Safety Victoria

Safe fishing

Weather information

Rock fishing safety information for multicultural communities