On the 25th of April, Tristan and Dan from the R.N.L.I. came to talk to us about beach safety.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the talk and learnt how to keep safe at the beach.
How to keep safe at the beach
- Go to a beach which has a lifeguard on duty, (the R.N.L.I. website has a detailed list of these).
- Go to the beach with a responsible adult.
- Remember the Five S's of sun safety : sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, shade and shoulders (keep these covered).
- Know your flags. Red and Yellow flags show the safest area to swim and bodyboard. Black and white chequered flags show areas suitable for surfboards, paddleboards, kayaks etc. Red flags mean DANGER! Don't go in the water.
- Make sure the weather is safe for swimming and boarding.
- Look out for rip currents. If you get caught in a rip current swim left or right, parallel to the shore, don't swim against the current.
- Know how to help others. Know the Three P's, POSITION, PERSON and PROBLEM. Alert lifeguards or call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
- Look after each other.