• When drinking

    You don't need to drink to have a great time at Schoolies. Alcohol may be considered to be the most socially acceptable drug, however, it is responsible for more drug-related deaths and trauma within youth than any other drug.

  • Around drugs

    The safest way to stay safe around drugs at Schoolies is to say no and not use them. Drugs are not worth the risk!

  • At the Schoolies hub

    If you are celebrating Schoolies on the Gold Coast, it is likely you will be spending your nights partying at the Schoolies Hub on Surfers Paradise beach.

  • Out and about

    Worried about staying safe at Schoolies? We've come up with a list of easy and practical tips to help you stay safe so you can have an enjoyable Schoolies for all the right reasons.

  • With sex

    If you choose to engage in sexual activity at Schoolies, it's important for you to decide if you want to have sex, that you both consent to the sexual activity and that you have safe sex every time.

  • With social media and privacy

    If it didn't happen on social media, it didn't happen right? When you upload photos or video to social media, you run the risk of not knowing where it may end up.

  • In your accommodation

    You may think your accommodation may be one of the safest places to be at Schoolies, but it can often be the place where a lot of risk taking behaviour occurs.

  • On the go

    Whether you're travelling by bike or vehicle during Schoolies, make sure you check out our tips below, especially the laws and responsibilities that come with hiring a scooter on the Gold Coast.

  • Around water

    We don't want to bang on about it but a lot of things can go wrong when you're enjoying the sun and surf, especially if you've been drinking or using drugs.

Eat, beach, party and repeat. Sounds like a pretty good Schoolies to us!

We don't want to bang on about it but a lot of things can go wrong when you're enjoying the sun and surf, especially if you've been drinking or using drugs.

  • water and alcohol don’t mix – alcohol is a factor in 1 in 5 drownings. Had a few drinks or under the influence of drugs? Then stay out of the water (including the ocean, pools and spas)
  • swimming at night, whether it is at the beach or in a swimming pool, can be dangerous. If you get into trouble, lifeguards are not on duty and help may not arrive until it is too late.

DID YOU KNOW? The effects of alcohol increase when you are in the sun for prolonged periods of time.

Sun safety

  • Slip on clothes that will protect you from UV rays
  • Slop on sunscreen (SPF50+) 20 minutes before you go out into the sun. Reapply every two hours
  • Slap on a hat that protects your face, neck and ears from being burnt
  • Seek shade — trees, sails, beach umbrella etc

For more information, visit the Queensland Government’s sun safety website.

Surf safety

If you’re keen to check out the surf, make sure you always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Red and yellow flags aren’t the only ones you may see while at Schoolies.

  • A yellow flag indicates potentially dangerous conditions so be cautious.
  • A red and white chequered flag means a shark or crocodile has been sighted. Get out of the water fast!
  • A red flag means the beach is closed for swimming.
  • A blue flag shows board-riding areas for surfers.


When you’re heading back to shore, compare your distance from the beach with a landmark onshore. If you have been swimming for a while but not getting any closer to the landmark, chances are you are in a rip.

If you're caught in a rip, obey the 'Three Rs'.

  1. Relax - stay calm and float, don't swim against the current, swim across it.
  2. Raise - raise an arm to signal for help.
  3. Rescue - float and wait for assistance. Don’t panic – a lifeguard will be out as soon as possible.

For more information about beach safety visit Surf Life Saving Queensland.