Beach safety

Beach safety

Make your day at the seaside fun and relaxing with our useful tips for all the family. We've teamed up with the sea rescue charity RNLI to put together these simple safety pointers.

Start the adventure at home
Fire up your kids’ imaginations to stay sea-savvy and safe by supporting the RNLI and joining Storm Force. Perfect for children aged 5 to 11, a £7.50 (€10.50) subscription to the Storm Force club gets each child a fantastic goodie bag, quarterly magazine with activities and exciting rescue stories, and the chance to visit a real, working RNLI lifeboat station. Find out more at

Safe tides
The tide can come in surprisingly quickly. Many lifeboat and lifeguard rescue call-outs are to people getting cut off by the rising water. Get local tidal information from the nearest tourist information office or the BBC website’s tide tables.

Rip currents
Lifeguard advice will help you avoid rips but if you do get caught in a current that takes you out of your depth, stay calm. If you can stand, wade don’t swim; raise your hand and shout for help; swim parallel to the beach until free of the rip.

The spine of a weever-fish is painful if you tread on it – treat the spot with hot but not scalding water.
For jellyfish stings – spray the area with seawater and apply a cold compress. Seek medical attention if the sting causes any severe symptoms.
Sea anemones can produce a nasty rash if brushed against – though most people won’t be affected.


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Lost children
If you are on an RNLI-lifeguarded beach, go to the lifeguard hut on arrival and get special wristbands (on which you can put your contact details) for your child.

Inflatable care
Blow-up toys and airbeds are designed for pools, not the sea where they can easily be swept out.

Safe surfing
Wear your leash so you don’t lose your board. Bodyboard between the red and yellow flags and surf between the black and white flags. Don’t ditch your board – it will keep you afloat in an emergency.

Know your flags
Red and yellow flag – this shows that the beach is a lifeguarded area. These are the safest places to swim or bodyboard.
Black and white chequered flag – this area is for surfboards, kayaks and other non–powered craft. Never swim or bodyboard here.
Orange windsock – this shows offshore or strong wind conditions. Never use an inflatable when the sock is flying.
Red flag – Danger! Never go in the water when the red flag is up.

Don’t forget
If you need help or see someone else in trouble call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

For more useful tips and advice, go to the RNLI website.

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