As big as the ocean goes, same goes for the necessity of a vacation in the Oceanside area. And that is exactly why every season, millions of visitors gather around the seaside of the different parts of the area for having some time off from their busy life.
In this article, we are going to be looking at some tips which you can remind easily to keep yourself and your loved ones safe beside the sea.
Do your homework
Well, maybe not “home”-work but when you arrive at the beach, you can look around for leaflets which will give you information about the beach to which you’ve arrived. You should be able find one which states the meaning of the flags and the nature of the currents.
Understand the flags
Most beaches within the UK have a flag warning system whereas you can see different types of flags waving around. Those flags are not just there for decoration! Each of them has their own specific sets of meanings that you should be aware of. You can search the meanings of these flags here if you’re unaware what they mean.
Never forget the sunscreen, especially if you have children
Getting sunburn is not something new in the summer but should be avoided. For beachgoers, it can be a regularly occurring event, often due to poor sunscreen application. If you have children, it is especially important to learn how to apply sunscreen correctly – and then re-apply often! Kids are often in the water and sweating, which washes the sunscreen away. Even types listed as “waterproof” need to be applied repeatedly. Better safe than sorry!
You are at the beach and looking after children it is recommended that there are at least one or two other adults in the group with you. Children can run off or get in the water in only a moment so with one person watching multiple kids is difficult. Don’t leave children alone. The beach isn’t the same as home. Children who are left unattended at home may not have the same sense of rules when at the beach. Go together as a group to use the toilets or get a drink and you’re sure to have a lovely day out under the sun.
Never let go of the leash of your pet
If you have your dog with you, make sure that you have always him on a lead. You don’t need to keep him restricted to a certain area necessarily, you can always make the leash longer so that he’s got plenty of room to roam around. It’s not recommended to let your dog off lead, as every year there are incidents of animal injury on beaches. Further, due to strong currents increasing, there is the risk of drowning. They can drown as quickly as a person so be aware when your pooch is paddling in the water.
Lifeguarded and not lifeguarded
Every public beach which are open to tourism activities will have a specific sign that says whether there is a lifeguard on duty at the time. If there are no lifeguards posted, it is expected that only very good swimmers will do more than paddle around in the water. This is especially important if you have children along with you and it may be advisable to wait for the lifeguard to resume their post before wading in.
Beach safety is not something that can be covered in a specific set of rules or a single article. However, most important thing that you need to keep in your mind is awareness. Be aware of your surroundings and be aware of the people that are there with you.