Beach safety an iPhone idea

MATT Jones loves paddling out through a wicked line up, taking off on a wave and shredding it to pieces on his surfboard.

But he always has the dangers he and other beachgoers face in the back of his mind.

To assist technology savvy beachgoers, the former World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfer, and closet technology geek, created a free beach safety iPhone application, or app.

Matt said he had lost count the number of times he had rescued people from rips and currents at the beach.

“Rips and currents are the number one hazard on beaches and are the cause of most rescues and many drownings a year,” Matt said.

“With everything you need to know about rips and currents on the app, there is now no excuse to get caught in a rip ever again whilst swimming at the beach.”

The Yamba-based surfer said the app provides graphics and information about what rips are, how rips are formed and how to survive and stay in control in a rip, as well as information on stingers and even sharks.

Developing iPhone apps isn't where it started for Matt, with his surf accommodation and information website having been online for five years after he saw the need for such a site in his time on the World Qualifying Series.

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