Beach safety tips

Beach safety tips to have the best holiday ever. Image: Pexels | Pixabay

Beach weather: 10 Tips to stay safe in the water these holidays

Spending the holiday at the coast? Here are a few water safety tips to follow if you want to keep your family safe and sound.

Beach safety tips

Beach safety tips to have the best holiday ever. Image: Pexels | Pixabay

Summer holidays usually mean sun, sea and surf. But hitting the surf unprepared can be dangerous…

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Spend time in the sun, put your feet in the sand and relax. It’s holiday time! Stay safe while on the beach with these 10 tips by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

1.       Blue Flag beaches are best

If there is an option, Blue Flag Beaches are best as they meet international standards for accessibility, facilities and amenities, safety (lifeguards), cleanliness and responsibility towards the environment.

2.       Lifeguards

Only ever swim at beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty to keep safe. Always listen to their advice and follow their guidance on where and when to swim. They are the experts.

3.       Avoid inflatables

Tubes and inflatables shouldn’t be used at the beach as they can be blown away from shore very easily and do not act as a swimming safety device. Rather save these for use in the pool – which is available at Rocky Bay Resorts.

4.       Supervise children

Children must always be supervised at the beach, even if they’re just in the shallows or rock pools. Do not get distracted by a book or cellphone, as accidents can happen very quickly.

5.       Rip currents

When caught in a rip current, it’s important to stay calm as it will not pull you underwater, but rather away from shore. Swim out of the rip current, parallel to the shore, and follow the breaking waves back to the shore at an angle. If in trouble, wave a hand so the lifeguards are aware.

6.       Face the ocean

Never turn your back on the ocean, particularly when climbing on or fishing from rocks. It’s best to wear a life jacket in these instances, particularly in spring high tide.

7.       Check the tides

Plan your beach day around the tides, with low tide the best time to go for younger ones. Keep an eye on the tide and monitor as it’s coming in.

8.       Take a buddy

When going to the beach, never swim alone. Take a friend with you so that there is someone to call for help if needed.

9.       Go prepared

When heading out for a day at the beach, remember to take everything you’re going to need. This includes lots of water for rehydration, sunscreen, snacks and some form of shade such as an umbrella. Keep valuables hidden away from sight.

10.   Choose your accommodation

For the ultimate seaside holiday, try to find accommodation that is close to the beach. Whether you’re camping or in a holiday cabin, being close to the beach means you will really be getting the most out of your summer holiday fun. 

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