At The Beach Safety Tips

Discussion in 'General' started by Ernest Roper, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Ernest Roper

    Ernest Roper Administrator

    Tragic water accidents at the sea happen quickly, mostly due to a lack of safety knowledge. The following tips cover water safety as well as protection measures to take whilst on the beach:

    • Read and obey the beach regulations and follow instructions or advice from lifeguards.
    • Report hazardous conditions or incidents to lifeguards or other beach personnel.
    • Make sure you know how to swim if entering the sea.
    • Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard – usually in a zone between two red and yellow flags.
    • Never swim alone.
    • Swim parallel to the shore if you wish to swim a long distance.
    • Supervise children closely, even when lifeguards are present. A personal flotation device is recommended for children.
    • If caught in a rip current, swim sideways until free and don’t swim against the current’s pull.
    • Don’t dive into unfamiliar waters – what may seem deep could be very shallow. Feet-first is safer.
    • Avoid swimming near rocks, piers, jetties, groynes and breakwaters.
    • If you are in trouble in the sea, shout or wave for help.
    • Scuba dive only if trained and certified.
    • Do not drink alcohol before or during swimming, diving or boating. Alcohol impairs your judgement, balance, coordination and reduces your body’s ability to stay warm.
    • Do not take drink glasses, glass bottles or glass containers to the beach as they can break and pose a threat to bare feet.
    • Wear foot protection on unclean, rocky or hot sand beaches.
    • Do not light fires on the beach except in designated areas.
    • Stay clear of coastal dune cliffs as they can collapse suddenly.
    • Protect your skin from over exposure to UVA and UVB rays by wearing water-proof sunscreen with a high protection factor of 20+. Avoid the sun between the hottest times of the day: 11:00 – 15:00.
    • Wear eye protection, good quality sunglasses protect against UV rays.
    • Drink plenty of water regularly to avoid dehydration even if you don’t feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool and to replace lost salts through sweating.
    • Watch for signs of heat stroke which is life-threatening. The body’s temperature can rise too high due to poor sweating. Signs include hot, red and dry skin, rapid and weak pulse and rapid, shallow breathing. Move to a cooler place, cool the body down and seek medical help.

    Information taken directly from www.capetown.gov.za
  2. andrrewdamien

    andrrewdamien New Member

    Try to avoid laying in direct sunlight for too long, you may start to overheat and the signs of heat stroke. If you start to feel dizzy or ill-treatment, get help immediately. Ensure that learning the signs of heat stroke and heat stroke, so that you can take action quickly.
  3. austin34

    austin34 New Member

    Very useful safety tips for beach. The foot protection is very important. As the different dirt affect the feet skin directly. Proper sunglasses is also important for saving the eyes from direct sun light.
  4. Change Agent

    Change Agent Member

    Great tips.

    Now only add Great Whites, White Tips and Mako's, and you have the perfect day at the Beach.

    Final tip:

    Notice to all sharks: Do not eat humans. They taste awful.