The beach is generally a fun place to go for all the family. Those that want to relax can enjoy the sunshine and lay on the beach. Young children can build sandcastles and play at the edge of the water while those that are looking for a little more can swim, try surfing, and even indulge in some water sports.
It’s idyllic. But, the beach is not always as safe as you think. It is important to know how to keep your family safe while visiting the beach.
Use A Patrolled Beach
There are thousands of beaches in Australia to choose from. But, if you want to keep your family safe it is always best to head to one that has a patrol on it. Individual states will employ lifeguards but you’ll also find there are thousands of surf lifesaver volunteers that look after beaches across the country. These people are well trained and undertake the role simply to help others.
Once you realize that they do this from the goodness of their heart you will see why community fundraising is such a good idea. Supporting the surf lifesavers means they will be there to look after you and your family.
A patrolled beach has flags to indicate where is safe to swim and the lifesavers will monitor the water. They’ll react very quickly if they spot anyone in distress.
Keep An Eye on Your Children
Children tend to wander off. Unfortunately, on a beach, this means they can quickly struggle to get back to you as they may not be able to locate your spot.
Alongside this, they may be tempted to wander into the water and they won’t appreciate the power of the sea. To protect them, make sure you always know where they are and never take your eyes off smaller children.
Don’t forget, if any of the family wants to swim it is best to go accompanied and you should always swim between the flags.
Protect yourself from the Sun
The sun is warm and feels great. But, if you and your family don’t have sun cream on you could be stocking up issues for the future. Make sure you apply some before you head to the beach and top it up regularly throughout the day.
It’s also a good idea to have an umbrella to give you some protection during the hottest part of the day. This will prevent sunburn and reduce the likelihood of sunstroke.
It’s also a good idea to stay hydrated. You may be surprised at how much water you lose due to the sun. Take plenty of water with you and make sure every member of the family sips it regularly throughout the day.
First Aid Kit
A patrolled beach has a trained surf lifesaver with medical knowledge. However, it is still a good idea to bring your own first aid kit as well. It will help to ensure you can quickly deal with any issue, even if you then need to call for help.