Beach Safety

Beach Safety

Watch the tides

Every year people are caught out by rising tides.
Most often they suffer no more than wet shoes
and a nasty fright, but there are occasionally
fatalities. If you are planning to be on the beach for a lengthy period then check
what the tides are doing. Enjoy the sun safely


S tay in the shade 11 – 3pm.
M ake sure you don’t
A lways cover up
R emember to take extra care with children.
T o use factor +15 sunscreen regularly.

Safety Advice

Every year thousands of people get into real- life
threatening difficulty on our coasts. They may be washed out to
sea, pulled under by a strong rip current, or simply get into the water
when conditions are dangerous. So ensure that you and your family do
not put yourselves in danger.

Stay Safe

Where ever possible always swim at a life guarded.
Always read and obey the safety signs, they are usually found
at the entrance to the beach. These boards will help you avoid
potential hazardson the beach and will identify the safest
swimming areas.
Know your flags.
Never swim alone.
If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
If you see someone in difficulty NEVER attempt a rescue,
tell a lifeguard or if you cannot see one dial 999 or 112 and ask for
the coast guard


Red and Yellow Flag

This marks the area of the beach patrolled by the life
guards. The area between the red and yellow flags is
the safe area to swim, body board and to use an inflatable.

Black and white chequered flag

This indicates the area marked out by life guards for the
use of watercraft such as surfboards and kayaks.
You should NEVER swim or body board in these areas.

Red Flag

This flag indicates danger NEVER under any circumstances
enter the water when the red flag is flying.

The orange sock

This indicates off shore wind conditions.
You should NEVER use an inflatable when this sock is fly

Tides and waves

Keep an eye on tides. Always check the tide before you enter the water. If you are not sure, check with a lifeguard.

Be careful not to get cut off by the tide when walking along the shore.

Always ensure your children are not in danger from the tide when playing on the beach.

Never think it is safe to wave dodge. The sea is unpredictable and what looks like fun could end in tragedy with large waves taking you out to sea.

Spilling waves are the safest to swim in. They appear when the top of the wave tumbles down the front.

Dumping waves break with great force in shallow water. These are dangerous usually occur during low tide. Avoid the sea when you see dumping waves.


Wherever possible, always surf at a life guarded beach and follow the advice of the lifeguards,

Novices should only ever surf between the black and white flags.

Ask a lifeguard for advice on where to surf.

Always have a lesson at an approved BSA or ISA school.

Always wear your leash.

If you get into trouble never abandon your board – it will keep you afloat. Wave your hand and shout for help.

Never surf alone.

Never surf between the red and yellow flags.

Never drop in on another surfer.

If you are hiring a board, aim to use a member of the surf hire safety scheme.

Inflatable toys are great fun in pools, but we strongly advise against using them in the sea, as there is a high chance of being swept out.

Always use inflatables on a life guarded beach, in between the red and yellow flags.

Never use an inflatable when the orange windsock is flying – this indicates an offshore wind, that could carry you out to sea.

Never use an inflatable in choppy sea conditions.

Children’s inflatables should always be secured with a line, held securely by an adult.

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