A Canberra woman says she lucky to be alive after being rescued from a fast moving channel at the entrance to Burrill Lake on Sunday.
A non-swimmer, Krystle Vicencio entered the water with her cousin without realising the depth and strength of the current and was quickly swept off her feet.
Krystle said she started to panic and was ten seconds from going under when she was pulled from the water by a local couple known only as Andrew and Aga.
She says she is lucky to be alive and has thanked her rescuers.
"I was scared and starting to panic, so I yelled for help," Krystle said.
"I'm so lucky they came to help and didn't just walk past."
She is warning other visitors to the coast to take extra care before entering the water, no matter how inviting it looks.
"It looked so nice and people were having fun," she said.
"I had no idea it was so deep and the current was so strong."
Krystle said after being rescued, she went straight home to her family in Canberra.
"I arrived home and my Christmas tree was up and I started thinking about all the what-ifs."
She said she is going to learn to swim, and to float on her back.
"I'm definitely going to learn to swim so I am more confident in the water," she added.
"I love the beach, but next time I come to the coast I'm going to be more careful.
"I would encourage people to read the warning signs and talk to the locals before they enter the water - even if it looks amazing.
"Swimming between the flags is the best idea."
In a separate incident, two off duty lifesavers rescued a group of swimmers that got into trouble after hours at Shoalhaven Heads over the weekend, highlighting the need for public awareness of rips and using the Beachsafe app to find out about local conditions.
And the South East Sydney Multicultural Water Safety Committee today launched a new website, watersafe.org.au, that provides water and beach safety advice to culturally and linguistically diverse communities before they head to our coast over summer.
Photo Katrina Condie