A 32-year-old woman and her three boys, aged six, 12 and 14, all became caught in a fierce rip at North Durras at about 1.35pm today.
Surf life savers responded from Batemans Bay with medical and resus kits and assisted NSW Ambulance on shore in stabilising the patients.
The woman was in a more serious condition than her sons, requiring oxygen therapy on shore.
Far South Coast Surf Life Saving Duty Officer Andrew Edmunds said it was crucial none of the patients panicked when in the rip.
"The children were able to assist their mother to shore, despite being in difficulty themselves, which is a incredible effort," he said.
"The woman and her children had a lucky escape today."
"North Durras is a unpatrolled beach about 25 minutes north of Batemans Bay. It is remote and swimming at these locations is extremely hazardous. I believe it was just luck tragedy was averted today.
At the time of the incident there was a fierce rip current and large rough surf. Conditions were not ideal for swimming.
Meanwhile earlier in the day the Rescue Water Craft/ jet ski pulled two young boys out of a rip at the unpatrolled North Head/Breakwall. The boys were in a rip and had been taken out to sea beyond the Breakwall when the jet ski operator pulled them to safety.
That location has been one of the deadliest in the region with several fatalities, including two in the past year.