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Semaphore

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
sa0232E
Includes Beaches:
henley-largs bay henley grange tennyson west lake largs bay
State/Region:
SA Adelaide
Post Code:
5000
Length:
3km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
henley-largs bay  (0.5km) west lake  (1.4km) largs bay  (2.1km) tennyson  (2.8km) north haven  (3.7km)

Beach

At Point Malcolm the Adelaide coast protrudes more than 1 km seaward. The older suburb of Semaphore is located on the point, which together with Largs Bay make up 7 km on continuous residential development (Fig. 4.74). This entire area is situated on the Lefevre Peninsula a 10 km long, up to 1 km wide accumulation of sand that has been deposited over the past 6 000 years, by the northern movement of sand from as far south as Seacliff. This movement is continuing today, the result of which are clearly evident in the wide low dune fronting the beach, and wide beach and multiple shallow bars. The sand in now accumulating under the jetties and against the North Haven breakwater, where the beach has built out 400 m seaward is the past 20 years.This section of coast receives only low waves, usually less than 0.5 m. Occasional higher waves are sufficient to rework the fine sand into a wide low firm beach, fronted by two to three shore parallel shallow bars and troughs, extending up to 500 m seaward of the beach. Two jetties cross the beach at Semaphore and Largs Bay, the latter is now located within the shallow bar section. The original Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club (called Taperoo) which was located north of the jetty, was abandoned when the beach moved too far seaward of the club house.The new Semaphore surf club is located on Point Malcolm (232E), south of Fort Granville and adjacent to the caravan park. It is fronted by a foreshore reserve, wide beach and wide shallow surf zone with three shallow bars and trough off the beach (Figs. 4.75 & 4.76).

Swimming

This is relative safe section of beach owing to the usually low waves and shallow water. Care need be taken with young children as the water depth varies over the bars and troughs and there are some deeper holes.

Surfing

There is usually no surf up here. You need a very strong southwesterly or huge ocean swell to push rideable waves up into Largs Bay.

Fishing

The jetties are the most popular spots for fishing, with the beaches very shallow.

General

A low energy but still dynamic section of beach that is continuing to grow seaward. There is excellent access and large areas of protected dune, plus the beach and bars to play on.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Jetty Jetty

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 01/02 Tue 02/02 Wed 03/02 Thu 04/02 Fri 05/02 Sat 06/02 Sun 07/02
    Semaphore SLSC
    13:30
    -
    17:30
    13:30
    -
    17:30

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    1
    First Aids:
    2
    Preventative Actions:
    4

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Semaphore 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, 07 Feb 03:00 am

      ADELAIDE AIRPOR (8 km)


      Mostly sunny.
      19.00 °C
      ESE/7 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      SunMonTueWedThuFri
      30° 17° 31° 16° 32° 16° 30° 15° 29° 15° 27° 15°

      WATER

      22

      Issued at Sat, 06 Feb 14:33

      SWELL FORECAST

      Sunday
      Monday
      Tuesday
      Wednesday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • S
        12 km/h
        0.9m
      • SSW
        22 km/h
        1.6m
      • SSE
        12 km/h
        0.4m
      • S
        18 km/h
        0.7m
      • S
        9 km/h
        0.2m
      • SSW
        20 km/h
        0.9m
      • SSE
        10 km/h
        0.4m
      • SSW
        22 km/h
        1m

      Adelaide issued at Sat, 06 Feb 18:41

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      Southwest to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to 20 to 25 knots mid afternoon, easing to south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots late evening.
      Swell:
      Southeast to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
      Seas:
      1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres mid afternoon.
      Weather:
      Mostly sunny.

      UV INDEX

      12



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • High
        04:48
        2.08m
      • Low
        11:37
        0.25m
      • High
        17:52
        1.61m
      • Low
        23:05
        0.70m

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      Port Giles issued at Sun, 07 Feb 00:00

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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