When you’re at the beach, it’s important to keep these things in mind:
- Always swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags. These have been marked out by Surf Lifeguards and Lifesavers as safe swimming areas.
- Never swim after dark or after consuming alcohol or taking other drugs
- Swim with a friend
- Read the safety signs before you go on the beach to ensure you are aware of any warnings or dangers
- Follow the advice of Surf Lifeguards and Lifesavers and feel free to ask them for any safety advice
- If you get into trouble, stay calm and raise your arm in the air and wave it from side to side to attract attention from a Surf Lifesaver
- Be realistic about your own ability to respond to changing surf conditions
Rips currents are a hazard to be aware of on Australian beaches. They are strong currents of water flowing away from shore through the surf zone. The best way to avoid a rip is to swim only at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags.
If you are caught in a Rip Current it’s important to follow these three steps:
- Relax – stay calm and float to conserve your energy
- Raise – raise your arm and attract attention from the lifeguards or lifesavers
- Rescue – the lifeguards or lifesavers will be on their way to help you
Be Sun Smart
The Australian sun is very harsh and will burn your skin if it not properly protected.
You can do this by following the “Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap” rule:
- “Slip” on a shirt
- “Slop” on sunscreen
- “Slap” on a hat and
- “Wrap” on some sunglasses
For more information about being sun smart, please visit the Cancer Council Australia website.