Our guide to staying safe
On the beach
We want all our guests to make the most of the great outdoors and stay safe to maximise the fun factor. Here are just a few safety pointers we have put together with the RNLI to remember when you head to the beach.
Tides and currents
A tide can come in surprisingly quickly so always be aware while on the beach - keep an eye on where it is and how fast it is moving.
Rip currents are strong currents that can quickly take swimmers out of their depth. If you are caught by one, use the following procedure:
- Stay calm and don't panic.
- If you can stand, wade don't walk.
- Keep hold of your board or inflatable to help you float.
- Raise your hand or shout for help.
- Never swim against the rip tide, it will exhaust you.
- Swim parallel to the beach until free of the rip tide then make your way into shore.
- If you see anyone else in trouble, alert the lifeguards or call 999 or 112 and ask for the lifeguard.
Remember the five S's of sun safety:
- Sunscreen - slap on a high factor sunscreen.
- Sun hat - stick on a hat big enough to protect face, neck and ears.
- Sunglasses - sport some shades that offer UV protection.
- Shoulders - slip on something to keep these covered.
- Shade - take extra care to seek shade between 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is strongest.
Red and yellow flags mean the area is lifeguarded and these are the safest places to swim, bodyboard and use inflatables.
Black and white chequered flags mean an area for surfboards, kayaks and other non-powered crafts.
Orange windsocks show offshore or strong wind conditions - never use an inflatable when the sock is flying.
Red flags mean danger. Never go in the water when the red flag is up.
For more information on the RNLI and beach safety visit the RNLI website.