4 Top Tips For Staying Safe at The Beach

9th July 2023

Now that summer is here, we all know how much we love going to the beach (especially because it is on our doorstep), whether you are going on a family day out, visiting with friends or going for an early morning swim.

As lovely as the beach is you must always remember to stay safe and be aware of your surroundings. Here are four top tips to keep safe at the beach.

1. Head to a lifeguarded beach

On a lifeguarded beach there are trained professionals to help keep you and your family safe – they’ll be on hand if something goes wrong, in or out of the water, or if you have any questions or would like advice on staying safe at the beach speak to a lifeguard and they will be happy to help.

The RNLI has around 1,500 RNLI lifeguards (including volunteers) on over 240 beaches around the UK. Visit the RNIL website to use the ‘Lifeguard Beach Finder’ tool.

2. Call 999 in an emergency

When visiting the beach, always carry a means of calling for help. If you are going in the water with your phone carry a waterproof pouch for your phone – that way if you need any help, or someone else you can get help.

3. Know what the signs and flags mean

On lifeguarded beaches, you will see flags up. It’s important to know what these mean, as they will indicate whether it’s safe to go in the water, and which activity it is safe to do, and where.

Red and yellow flags - Meaning: Lifeguarded area. This is the safest area to swim, bodyboard and use inflatables.

Black and white chequered flags - Meaning: For surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and other non-powered craft. Never swim or bodyboard here.

Red flag - Meaning: DANGER! Never go in the water under any circumstances when the red flag is flying. 

Orange windsock - This indicates offshore or strong wind conditions. Never use inflatables when the windsock is flying.

4. Stay safe in the sun

The sun and UV can be high at many times of the year, it doesn't have to be hot or there may be cloud cover. Make sure children are covered up where possible and have a good high factor sun cream on. Always reapply after being in the sea and regularly throughout the day.


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