With school holidays in full swing and beaches being popular desinations both home and away, make sure that you’re safe on the beach this summer and know how to contact a coastguard should you need one!
4th August is Coastguard Day after all! It's important to remember that the sea can be dangerous, and it's essential to take steps to ensure your safety when visiting the beach.
Here are some tips for staying safe at the seaside:
Swim at a lifeguarded beach: Lifeguards are trained to spot potential dangers and respond quickly in the event of an emergency. Always swim at a beach that has lifeguards on duty and follow their instructions.
Check the tide times: It's important to be aware of the tide times when visiting the beach. Make sure you know when the tide is coming in and going out, and avoid swimming or walking on the beach at high tide.
Never turn your back on the sea: The sea can be unpredictable, and waves can come in unexpectedly. Never turn your back on the sea, and always keep an eye on the waves.
Don't swim alone: It's always safer to swim with others, as they can help in the event of an emergency. If you do decide to swim alone, make sure someone knows where you are and when you plan to return.
Don't drink and swim: Swimming under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous and can impair your judgment and ability to swim.
Be aware of rip currents: Rip currents are strong currents that can pull swimmers out to sea. If you get caught in a rip current, don't panic and try to swim against it. Instead, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current, and then swim back to shore.
Be aware of beach hazards: Be aware of any hazards on the beach, such as rocks, jellyfish, and sharp shells. Always wear appropriate footwear and watch where you are walking.
IF YOU DO GET INTO TROUBLE: If you're in an emergency on the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. In an emergency at sea send a Mayday distress alert on Channel 16, or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your visit to the seaside is safe and enjoyable. Remember, the sea can be dangerous, and it's important to take precautions to protect yourself and those around you.
HELP OUT: Many of those that rescue swimmers are volunteers but the costs for keeping life-saving boats in the water are going up. You can help to keep Britain’s beaches safer by donating to the RNLI: www.rnli.org.uk