Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS) water safety top tips

Beach Patrol

Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS) water safety top tips:

 

  • When arriving at the destination if you haven’t yet done so, check the safety arrangements of any water-based activities and if there is lifeguard cover at the beach
  • Check bathing sites for hazards, check the safest places to swim and always read the signs – find out what local warning signs and flags mean
  • Make sure the whole family can swim
  • Swim with any children in your care – it’s more fun and you can keep them close and safe
  • Never swim alone
  • Never enter the water after drinking alcohol
  • Check when the tide will be high and low to ensure that you will not be cut off from the beach exit by the rising tide
  • Be aware of dangerous rip-currents
  • Inflatable dinghies or lilos are a well-known hazard – each year there are drownings as people on inflatables are blown out to sea. Do not use them in open water
  • Do not swim near to or dive from rocks, piers, breakwater or coral
  • Swim parallel to the beach and close to the shore

For more information on Tendring’s seafronts and beaches log on to www.tendringdc.gov.uk

Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) www.rlss.org.uk 

 

Sarah Daniells
Author: Sarah Daniells

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