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Everyone enjoys a day at the beach - but don't let an accident spoil it. Here are a few tips to help you and your family make the most of the beach in safety.

  • Always observe warning signs and take note of what they say. Check the location of lifesaving equipment, and if lifeguards are available, don't be afraid to ask them for advice.
  • Always keep an eye on children, especially if on piers, rocks or when bathing.
  • When swimming don't get out of your depth - swim along the shore rather than out to sea. Take special care when swimming at remote beaches.
  • Never swim alone. Always swim near a lifeguard station.
  • If caught in a rip current, swim sideways until free; don't swim against the current's pull.
  • Avoid bathing when you are very hot or after a meal! If you start to feel cold in the sea, get out of the water.
  • Inflatable's can be dangerous in the sea, especially in offshore winds. Keep them close to shore, and always secure them to a line or anchor. Airbeds (li-lo-s) are dangerous for use at sea in most conditions.
  • Always check tidal information, it changes each day. Contact the met office.
  • Currents are usually fastest at mid-tide, and most likely to be dangerous for bathing when the tide is falling.
  • If you find suspicious or unusual objects - drums, ordnance, etc. - on the beach, don't touch them, but call the police or lifeguard.
  • Protect your head, neck, and spine -- don't dive into unfamiliar waters -- feet first, first time.
  • If you are in trouble, call or wave for help.
  • Follow regulations and lifeguard directions.
  • Swim parallel to shore if you wish to swim long distances.
  • No glass containers at the beach -- broken glass and bare feet don't mix.
  • No beach fires except in designated areas -- fire residue and superheated sand can severely burn bare feet -- use a barbecue that is elevated off the sand and make sure you have permission to do this. Consult with the local Police.
  • Report hazardous conditions to lifeguards or other beach management personnel.
  • Never turn your back to the ocean -- you may be swept off and into the water by waves that can come without warning.
  • Make sure you always have enough energy to swim back to shore.
  • Don't try to swim against a current if caught in one. Swim gradually out of the current, by swimming across it.
  • Rely on your swimming ability rather than floatation devices.
  • When bodyboarding, use swim fins and a leash.
  • Keep a lookout for aquatic life. Water plants and animals can be dangerous. Avoid patches of plants; and leave animals alone.
  • Do not swim during strong winds or poor visibility.
  • Never throw sand and always fill in holes before you leave the beach or area.
  • Obey ALL warning flags! When the RED FLAG is flying, swimming is prohibited. When the YELLOW FLAG is flying it indicates dangerous conditions - swim at you own risk.
  • Never fake actions or calls for HELP.
  • When in trouble, signal by shouting, "HELP" or waving your hands.
  • Respect other people on the beach and remember your manners.



 

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