Venus bay is classified as a Dissipative beach. Due to its ocean frontage there is no protection from high energy swell – causing typically large surf. For this reason conditions at the beach are constantly changing. There are usually between 1-3 sand bars with deep channels in-between. There is a consistent strong current acting along the beach though-out and the direction of the current will change periodically. Rips are usually located around 400m apart and will vary in strength.
Types of waves
There are two main types of waves that can be found at Venus Bay – Spilling and Plunging Waves (also known as Dumpers.) Below is a description of these waves and the dangers that they can present.
Plunging Waves “Dumpers”
What is a Rip?
A Rip current is a body of water that is flowing out to sea and is the major cause of swimmer difficulties. As the surf pushes water towards the raised beach the excess water within the surf zone tries to escape back to the ocean in order to level out. Rips will continue to act until they are past the surf break. This can force swimmers into surf that is beyond them or pull them to a point where they are unable to swim back to shore.