The sun’s out and you’ve finally got the family out the house. You take to the sand with joy in your heart and an ice cream in your hand. The sea might be a bit chilly, but it warms your heart to be able to spend a day on a great British beach.
The last thing on your mind is safety, and that’s perfectly understandable. But safety is important and a few simple precautions can mean that your summer holiday goes by without a hitch. That’s why we’ve compiled this short list of tips, designed to help you take the worry out of beach safety.
Most people know they should be careful not to get sunburned, but the excitement of getting to the beach and frequent dips in the sea can mean that you’re not as protected as you’d like. The two things that you must remember are that your sun cream should be anything over SPF 15, and that you should re-apply it throughout the day, particularly after swimming.
To avoid sunstroke make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water and stay out of the sun when it’s at its hottest (around midday). Wearing a wide-brimmed hat also guarantees protection for your face.
Be sensible in the sea
Whether you’re in for a quick splash or a long swim, the sea can be a dangerous place. Luckily, staying safe is easy if you follow these simple rules:
• Listen to the lifeguards. Always swim between the flags, and don’t go into the sea if there are no lifeguards present.
• Keep an eye out for unusually calm or discoloured patches of sea. They could be riptides — currents which can quickly take you out to deep water. If you do find yourself caught in a riptide, don’t swim against it, swim sideways across it.
• Don’t go swimming in the sea alone. Frolicking in the waves is more fun with others anyway.
On the land and in the sand
Coastal areas around the beach have dangers of their own; high cliffs and mine shafts are usually well marked but it’s best to be careful, so make sure that you keep an eye on your children and stick to the footpaths.
Meanwhile, down on the beach, you’ve got sharp objects and weaver fish which can be hidden just under the sand. To avoid getting hurt it’s a good idea to wear sandals, flip flops, or even jelly shoes when you’re on the beach.
Remember: safety first
When you’re hitting the beach, enjoying the sun, sea and sand doesn’t have to be a dangerous pastime. At Eurest we take safety seriously and know that every great experience, be it a day at the beach or a tasty meal at one of our restaurants, is better when you know you’re safe.