Everyone loves a day at the beach but it’s important be safe.
Here are some beach safety tips to help you keep your family safe by the sea.
1. Always bring sunscreen
Put sun cream on children before heading to the beach and make sure you reapply during the day. Sunscreen will offer some protection. If you want to be extra careful, cover your little one with loose clothing and a wide-brimmed hat as well.
2. Stay together
Keep children close, especially if you’re going swimming or paddling. Remember that even shallow water can quickly knock little ones off their feet – stay within arm’s reach of little ones whenever you’re in or near the water.
3. Look out for the flags
Always obey instructions from lifeguards and encourage your children to look for the coloured flags that show when and where it’s safe to swim or paddle.
4. Check the tides
Check the information boards when you arrive at the beach to be aware of any local hazards. Remember tides can change quickly so make sure you know the tide times for the day to avoid getting caught out.
5. Keep hydrated
Make sure your little one has access to drinks all day, remember that sun and wind can dehydrate you quickly at the beach, even on colder days.
6. Stick to the shade
It can be hard to find much shade at the beach, so bring something you can use to create your own, such as tents or sunshades. Encourage little ones to play in the shade between 11am-3pm when the sun is at its strongest.