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West Beach

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
sa0231
Includes Beaches:
west beach (south) west beach (marina) west beach
State/Region:
SA Adelaide
Post Code:
5000
Length:
4.5km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
glenelg entrance  (1.2km) glenelg  (1.9km) henley  (2.4km) seacliff-glenelg  (3.2km) somerton  (3.3km)

Beach

The beach north of the Patawalonga Creek mouth runs relatively straight for 2 km to the West Beach marina, and another 2.5 km to the Torrens River mouth (Fig. 4.67). The continuous beach is backed by a combination of dunes and seawalls, and fronted by a surf zone contain two shallow bars and troughs. The beach faces west-southwest and receives low winds waves averaging 0.5 m, and higher waves during strong westerly winds. The waves maintain a double bar system, with a unusually attached inner bar, a shallow trough and shallow outer bar. The bars slowly migrate to the north causing the configuration of the beach and surf zone to change over time. Rips occasional cut the inner bar following higher waves, and strong currents can flow in the trough, particularly on a falling tide.

Swimming

The main beach at the surf club offers the best swimming conditions well clear of the breakwaters, groynes and boat traffic to the south. There are occasional water pollution problems on southern West Beach and at the Torrens mouth.

Surfing

Only during strong onshore winds.

Fishing

The training wall, marina breakwater and groyne are all very popular fishing spots.

General

A beach that has been modified by the river entrance walls and new marina, but still offers 2.5km of natural beach and the added protection of the patrolled area.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Camping Camping
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Other facilities Other facilities
  • Marina Marina
  • Boat ramp Boat ramp

Regulation Symbols

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 08/02 Tue 09/02 Wed 10/02 Thu 11/02 Fri 12/02 Sat 13/02 Sun 14/02
    West Beach SLSC
    13:00
    -
    17:00
    13:00
    -
    17:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    9
    Preventative Actions:
    453

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: West Beach SLSC

    Hazards

      Service Providers

      SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

      WEATHER

      Sun, 14 Feb 05:00 pm

      ADELAIDE AIRPOR (1 km)


      Partly cloudy.
      21.80 °C
      SW/28 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      SunMonTueWedThuFri
      23° 16° 24° 16° 24° 16° 25° 14° 27° 15° 29° 15°

      WATER

      23

      Issued at Sun, 14 Feb 14:31

      SWELL FORECAST

      Sunday
      Monday
      Tuesday
      Wednesday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • SSW
        23 km/h
        1.1m
      • SW
        24 km/h
        1.1m
      • S
        9 km/h
        0.5m
      • SW
        18 km/h
        0.8m
      • S
        14 km/h
        0.9m
      • SSW
        23 km/h
        1.3m
      • SSE
        15 km/h
        0.6m
      • SSW
        20 km/h
        0.9m

      Adelaide issued at Sat, 13 Feb 22:58

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, temporarily easing to 10 to 15 knots from dawn to early afternoon.
      Swell:
      West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
      Seas:
      1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
      Weather:
      Partly cloudy.

      UV INDEX

      11



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • Low
        01:54
        0.51m
      • High
        07:36
        1.76m
      • Low
        13:43
        0.33m
      • High
        20:06
        1.98m

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      Port Giles issued at Sun, 14 Feb 00:00

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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