Before you hit the road and head to the closest coastline, take some time to brush up on your beach safety so you can keep enjoying the beach all summer long! Here are our top tips on staying safe this summer:
Where to swim
An important first step in ensuring a safe and fun beach trip is choosing the right beach to visit. It can be tempting to chuck your bathers on and head down to the sand as soon as you arrive in a new location – but doing a bit of research first can help you get the most out of your day. Once you arrive at the beach, the best place to enjoy the water is between the red and yellow flags; this is because the lifeguards have done the work for you and selected the safest spot to swim that day. This area is also actively patrolled by lifeguards, who are there to help if you get into any trouble.
Here in Australia, we’re lucky to share our waters with some of the most diverse marine life in the world, and it’s important to remember that when we visit the beach, we are visiting their home. Marine creatures to be aware of include jellyfish, such as bluebottles and hair jellyfish, and tropical marine stingers, such as the Irukandji and box jellyfish.
Safety on the sand
While you’re enjoying your day at the beach, be sure to stay sun smart and follow any regulations that are outlined upon your arrival. Some beaches don’t allow things such as ball sports or dogs, and these rules are in place so that every visitor can enjoy the spot without causing danger to each other. Also remember that it is dangerous to mix the ocean and alcohol, so if you’ve spent the afternoon at the pub, stay out of the water.
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