Surf lifesavers are urging WA beachgoers to take care as the weather warms, with about 40 per cent of a year's rescues happening in the next two months.
Twenty-six people drowned off the coast last financial year - 11 more than the five-year average - in incidents in which people were caught in rips at unpatrolled beaches and fishermen were washed off rocks.
Lifesavers start beach patrols this weekend. Surf Life Saving WA community safety manager Chris Peck said this month was busy because many beachgoers were unprepared for the rips and bigger swells common at this time of year.
"Where possible we would urge all beachgoers to swim between the red and yellow flags at patrolled beaches, never swim alone and be aware of their swimming capabilities," he said.
Fishermen should wear lifejackets and have safety equipment.
Mr Peck also urged ocean users to take responsibility for their own safety.
The State's 4500 SLSWA lifesavers, other lifeguards and the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter patrolled WA beaches for 122,538 hours last financial year, carrying out 1096 rescues and providing 8052 first-aid treatments.People are encouraged to check the Beachsafe website or download the smartphone app.