Beach safety

Safety is of paramount importance at the beach.  In order to stay safe at the beach, follow these simple tips:

  • Supervise young children at all times. 
  • Look out for public notice boards with information on currents, emergency telephones and water quality. 
  • Learn the meanings of safety flags, and check these regularly. 
  • Don’t swim if the sea is rough. 
  • Don’t use inflatables, as these can be quickly swept out to sea by currents. 
  • Swim along the shore, not out to sea. 
  • Don’t swim straight after eating.
  • Never swim after consuming alcohol.
  • Check for lifeguards, and listen to any advice that they offer.
  • Call the Coastguard on 999 if you see someone in trouble. 

Safety flags

Different coloured safety flags indicate coastal areas that are safe or unsafe for particular activities. 

  • Red and yellow flags are used to signify areas patrolled by lifeguards that are safe for swimming, bodyboarding and using inflatables. 
  • Black and white chequered flags are used in areas reserved for watercraft like surfboarding and kayaking.  It is not safe to bodyboard in these areas. 
  • A red flag means danger.  It is never safe to be in the water when this flag is flying.
  • An orange windsock means high offshore winds.  It is never safe to use an inflatable when this flag is flying. 

More information on beach safety is available from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  The RNLI is the charity devoted to saving lives at sea.  Many of its lifeboat crew, lifeguards and shorehelpers are volunteers, and its lifeboats rescued almost 8,000 people last year. 

There are no comments yet - add yours below

This helps to discourage spam