Stay safe and have fun
Thousands of visitors enjoy our beaches every year without incident, but here are a few pointers to help you and your family stay safe.
- Always read and obey the safety signs at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
- Beaches with lifeguards are always advisable. When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them.
- On hot and sunny days, remember to bring hats, sunblock, plenty of water and pick a beach which can offer some shade between 11am and 3pm.
- High or low tide – will the beach be there? It's always advisable to find out before you set off.
- Beware of rip currents as they could drag you out of your depth. If you do get caught in one, never try to swim directly against it. Swim parallel to the beach until free of the rip, then make for shore.
- Never swim alone! If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
- Beware of jellyfish and weever-fish. If you are stung, to be on the safe side, it's best to seek medical advice.
- Blow-up toys and airbeds are only advisable in the shallows as they can easily be swept out to sea by the tide and wind.
- Don't attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard or call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.