Beach Safety Tips

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Staying safe is the number one priority whilst visiting any beach in Sydney or Australia. Whether you are planning to soak in the sun, enjoy fishing, search for that sea change or simply ride on some waves, you need to make sure you’re being safe whilst doing so!

 

Enjoying a day at the beach can go along without any dramas at all if you follow these simple and easy to remember steps. Remember it is important that you follow these steps, keep safe and recognise any hazards the beach can bring.

 

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 Sun Safety

The Australian sun can be very harsh, it can easily burn or damage your skin within the first eleven minutes of exposure. To avoid being burnt, use the simple ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ rule. Slip on a shirt to avoid the any unnecessary vulnerability, Slop on some sunscreen and wait ten minutes before entering the water and Slap on a hat to cover your face!

 

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  Children

Enjoying a family day at the beach is an experience not to be missed. However, keep in mind that on a hot summers day, beaches can become extremely crowded, so make sure all eyes are on the kids! Remember that children sometimes have the tendencies to wonder off and go adventuring for themselves, just make sure you’re always in the know of their whereabouts.

 

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  Swimming

ALWAYS swim in between the flags. There’s a reason the flags are there and each day, lifeguards spend hours finding safe areas for people to enjoy the waters. If for some reason you do find you have ventured outside of the flags and you’re in trouble, raise your hand so the lifeguards can see you.

 

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  Shade

People from all around the world enjoy the sun, there’s no doubt about it. But sometimes it can become intense, so it can be handy to bring down an umbrella or beach tent. Having shade will allow you to cool down and enjoy some relief from the heat. Keep in mind that Sydney’s beaches will not provide shade for you!

 

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  Personal Belongings

By taking your personal belongings on the beach, you run the risk of losing it beneath the sand, in the water or to opportunist thieves. A good tip is to place all your belongings whether it be your cameras, keys or mobile phones into a zip lock bag or empty sunscreen bottle, this way your items aren’t scattered all over your beach towel. If your belongings go missing, report it straight away to the lifeguards and then to the police.

 

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  Hydration

Surprisingly, you can quickly and easily become dehydrated in the sun. In order to prevent this, make sure you take a bottle of water to the beach and stay hydrated throughout the day or you could find yourself laying in bed for the duration of your holiday with an illness. If you’re lucky, there will be a stretch of shops for you to indulge in a cool, cool beverage or ice-cream!

 

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  Footwear

While most people venture onto the sand in bare feet with the sand between your toes, you quickly realise that it’s a mistake! Sand can become extremely hot on a Summers day which caters for some unwanted burning on your feet. Popular beach footwear includes sandals or thongs, perfect to slip on and off before entering the ocean.

 

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 Diving

It’s a tragedy to see people injure themselves from diving off jetties or rocks. Unless you know exactly what is underneath you and how deep the water is, we recommend you stay far away from recklessly diving into the water. Many beaches along the coast of Sydney provide headlands and rock faces that look enjoyable to enter the water from, don’t be fooled! Avoid these places.

 

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 Water Sports

Water Sports are one of the most popular and enjoyable activities in Sydney and Australia. A lot of Sydney locals and tourists alike tend to enjoy windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking and sailing. If you do happen to experience and enjoy these fantastic water activities, make sure you wear all the correct safety gear and tell someone where you are.

 

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 Wildlife

There are plenty of beautiful wildlife in Sydney, Australia but whilst visiting a beach, you will most likely witness crabs, seagulls and small fish. However, sharks and jellyfish can appear closer to the shore on rare occasions. Jellyfish are more common then sharks and there are ways to avoid them, on the other hand lifeguards will always be on the look out for all dangers. If you happen to get stung by a jellyfish, don’t panic because the lifeguards can easily treat you.

 

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