When heading to the beach this summer we want you to have fun but keep safe. With a few precautions and a bit of planning you can ensure that you have a fun and safe day out at the seaside.
Our Beach Safety Guide will help you and your family have an enjoyable beach holiday.
- Choose a beach where there is lifeguard cover. A trained professional will give you peace of mind. Check the local tourist information board or hotel, they should be able to give you this information.
- When you arrive at the beach read the sign giving you all the information about the beach you are visiting. This usually includes safety information.
- Know your flags. Flags on beaches are universal. Click here for more information.
- Understand the sea by familiarizing yourself with rip currents, tides and understand cold water shock.
- Always bring a friend when you go swimming so if anything happens you have got someone there to help.
- We advise that you leave your dinghies or lilos at home/pool. They are a well-known beach hazard especially in windy conditions.
- Make sure your children know where you and the lifeguards are. Find a permanent landmark and make sure they know where you are relative to that landmark. Alternatively make your seating area obvious and easy to locate with a flag. If your child does get lost be sure they know to go to a Lifeguard who will help them.
- If a child does go missing:
- Calmly check your surroundings first, ensuring other children remain supervised
- Contact the lifeguards or police and keep them informed
- Let all searchers know once the child is found
- When in the sea if you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
- If you see someone else in trouble in the sea, tell a lifeguard.
- Keep yourself, family and friends topped up with sunscreen every two hours, preferably SPF 30+ or higher. Try and seek shade between the hottest times of the day, 11am and 3pm. Remember that skin can burn even on a cloudy day.
- Keep yourself, family and friends hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day.