Locals are expected to hit the beach this week as the weather warms up.
Geelong is in for a top of 27 degrees on Thursday, and 25 for Friday and Saturday.
However Hannah Calverley from Life Saving Victoria said it was critical for people to be aware of their own limits around the water.
“If the weather or the conditions don’t align with what you can deal with or your capabilities, then forget it and come back another day,” she said.
“It’s really critical that safety is your number one priority.”
It comes as figures show over half of the 160 drownings in the last financial year were people aged 45 or older.
Dr Calverley said there was a misconception that more people drowned at the beach, but inland waterways could also be dangerous.
“In Victoria this year, we’ve seen an equal number of drownings at rivers and beaches, so just showing the importance of trying to stay safe at any waterway, regardless of where you’re going.”