It’s difficult to resist a day at the beach, but you should always be aware of the potential hazards. Swimming in the ocean is more difficult than swimming in a pool because of the waves and currents. Most safety precautions are in place when it comes to a premium beach hut as Seadale. However, some precautions should be taken.
Always Swim in a Lifeguarded Area
When you get to the beach, check with the lifeguard. Find out how strong the waves are. Understand and implement any precautions given by the lifeguard. Don’t swim out too far and make sure you’re in the Lifeguard’s area of sight.
Look after Your Skin
Cover your skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. Apply a generous amount of water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. If you’re not wearing sunscreen, reapply it liberally at least every 2 hours. If you’re working up a sweat or swimming, apply sunscreen more frequently. Sunscreen should be applied to the tops of your feet, neck, ears, lips, and the top of your head.
Never Swim Alone
Always swim where someone can keep an eye on you and in areas that are marked for swimmers to use. Regardless of your age or level of swimming skills, you should always bring a partner to swim with.
Keep within Your Swimming Capabilities
If you get tired of swimming, take a break. It is important to know your physical limits at the beach. If you are caught in a current, swim parallel to the shore rather than toward the shore until the water stops pulling you. If you can’t get back to the beach, wave for a lifeguard’s help.
Be aware Of Water Conditions and Heed Warnings
Don’t swim close to piers. If the water moves suddenly, you could hit a rock. Face the waves, instead of turning your back on them. Then you’ll know what’s coming. Employ layers of protection including barriers to prevent access to water. Make sure life jackets, are available and keep close supervision of children to prevent drowning. Ensure every member of your family learns to swim. Every person must be aware of the basic skills of water competency able to enter the water. These include getting a breath, staying afloat, changing position, etc.
Be Prepared in Case of an Emergency
In case of an emergency, one must know what to do. In most cases calling for an emergency is the smartest decision. Notify a lifeguard if one is close. If not, ask someone to call emergency services. If no help is nearby move the person out of the water, check for breathing, and look to see if the person’s chest is moving. Make sure you check for a pulse and if you can feel it dropping perform emergency CPR to the best of your ability.