Beach swimming in the Northern Territory should be undertaken in the dry season months of June, July, August and September as these months are outside the 'Stinger Season'.

Surf Life Saving NT recommends that you swim 'between the flags' where there are lifeguards and lifesaving resources. The red and yellow flagged area, set up by qualified surf lifesavers and lifeguards, represent a safer place to swim than un-patrolled areas. Only Darwin's Mindil Beach has lifesavers on duty every afternoon, June-September, thanks to the foresight of the Darwin City Council.

With that in mind, it is important to know how to protect yourself in the water and understand the warning signs and flags, to ensure you remember your trip to the beach for all the right reasons.

Consider protective clothing (long sleeved tops with shorts or a sunsuit) as stings have occurred in all months of the year. Small children are at greatest risk, so always cover them up and keep a close watch.

How else can I enjoy the beach safely?

When at the beach, or in any aquatic environment, children must be supervised both in and around the water’s edge. Learning to swim is a skill for life and one everybody should learn.

Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide to protect yourself from the sun, and always remember to stay hydrated. All beach goers are encouraged to talk to the lifesavers or lifeguards on duty about local conditions and beach safety before entering the water.