Stay safe at the beach

Don’t we all love going to the beach? The golden sand, the cool water and the breeze are enough to make us all excited about going to the beach every year. However, a nice day at the beach can easily turn into an unpleasant experience due to something like getting a sun burn or getting your goods stolen. Let’s go over the things you should have in mind to help you have a lovely experience.

Protect your skin – sun can be a friend and an enemy to the health of your skin. Spending too much time sun bathing and especially sun bathing at the wrong time can cause serious problems which can vary from a minor sun burns to skin cancer. To avoid problems, avoid sun bathing between 10:00 to 16:00 and keep your sun bathing sessions short. Also, whenever you expose your skin to the sun but also when you are chilling under the umbrella, make sure you put on sun lotion. Sun lotions are categorized according to the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and a higher SPF means more protection, so in your first sun bathing sessions go for a lotion which has a higher SPF, preferably 50+ but ask your pharmacist for further advice. Protecting the health of your skin also means avoiding fake tanning and especially tanning beds which are really bad for your skin because of the radiations they produce.

General health – it is really easy to get dehydrated in summer and especially at the beach. Make sure you always have water with you and because shops and restaurants which are close to the beach tend to have high prices, keep the following piece of advice in mind. Place a 2 liters water bottle in the freezer the night before going to the beach. It will freeze by the morning and due to the heat, it will gradually melt and you will have cold water all day. Don’t forget to always wear a hat at the beach if you want to avoid headaches from the heat.

Swimming in safe places is crucial and remembering the fact that a safe place can become an unsafe place is important too. Currents always vary so a certain portion of the sea or ocean can have mild currents and be safe for swimming one day but it can get stronger currents the next day, making it unsafe for swimming. Usually there is a flag on the beach that indicates  if the water is safe or not but the lifeguard will tell you. Apart from currents, other aspects that represent dangers to swimmers are the depth of the water and  certain aquatic animals like jellyfish and sharks for example. Always check the signs you see when you enter the beach, don’t use inflatables on windy weather, always supervise children, don’t swim after drinking alcohol and never swim far from the shore or alone!

If you see something say something – if you are in danger or if you see someone in danger on the beach or in the water do something, tell a lifeguard, call 999 or 112. If you get into trouble in the water stay calm, stick a hand out and shout for help.

Swim where there are lifeguards on duty – and always listen to their instructions.

Don’t bring valuables to the beach – and keep and eye on the objects you brought. Keep keys, money and phones out of sight, preferably under a towel. If you are in a group, make sure one of you stays on the beach to guard your items while the rest of you go for a swim.

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Take care and make sure that you and the ones around you are safe and are having a good time! Read more advice on how to stay safe at the beach on the NHS website by clicking here.

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