Thursday, November 23, 2017

 

 

Surf Safety Tips

 Some simple things that people can do to help us out and make their trip to the beach this comming safe and enjoyable.

Beaches in the LNC Branch are patrolled weekend and public holidays frkom September 28th 2013 to April 27th 2014

 

 

Tip #1

The first and most important of these tips is to always swim at a patrolled beach. Last season 47 people drowned along the NSW coastline, with all of these deaths happening at remote or isolated locations, well away from any lifesaving services. For the same period, no deaths occurred on patrolled beaches, so it makes sense to swim between the flags.

 

Tip #2

Always swim between the red and yellow flags, as they mark the safest place to swim at the beach. When the red and yellow flags are displayed, Surf Lifesavers or Lifeguards are on duty in this area and can keep an eye out for you. Trust in our expertise and remember – if we can’t see you, we can’t save you.

 

Tip #3

Remember to never swim alone. You should always swim with a friend, or under the supervision of a responsible person. This way, if anything bad happens they can go for help. If you are alone, try to swim near other people or better still, at a patrolled beach where the lifesavers can keep an eye on you.

 

Tip #4

When you arrive at the beach, take the time to read and obey any signs displayed there. There are often a number of safety signs which warn of potential dangers that you should look out for, as well as regulatory signs which contain information about council by-laws.

 

Tip #5

If you are not a very good swimmer then it is important for you to learn how to spot a rip and keep clear of it. A rip can be recognised by sandy coloured or rippled looking water running out to sea when the water on either side is generally cleaner. The waves may also be larger and breaking further out to sea on both sides of the rip, and there may be debris floating out to sea along the same channel.

 

Tip #6

Be cautious during lightning storms. During thunderstorms, Surf Lifesavers will close beaches due to the high chance of lightning strikes hitting the beach or the water. They will remain closed for at least 30 minutes after the storm has passed. To protect yourself from a possible lightning strike, it is important not to enter the water while the beach is closed and seek shelter in a ‘hard-top’ vehicle or building.

 

Tip #7

Don’t go swimming straight after a big meal. The body needs time to digest and process the food you have just eaten, and can fatigue and become tired quickly during this time. It is best is to wait for thirty minutes after you eat before going for that swim.

           

Tip #8

If you are not sure about the beach conditions, ask a surf lifesaver. They are constantly watching the surf and taking note of the changing beach conditions. They can tell you about the different characteristics of the beach and anything dangerous you need to be wary of.

 

Tip #9

Even if something goes wrong in the surf, you should always stay calm and never panic. As long as you can keep your head above water you won’t drown, so relax, signal for assistance, float and wait for help to arrive.

 

Tip #10

Whilst swimming in the ocean, you should regularly look back to the beach to make sure you have not drifted out of the flagged area. Most people do the right things and enter the water between the red and yellow flags, but what people forget is that the ocean is constantly moving, and it is surprising how quickly and easily you can drift outside the flagged area, even on relatively calm days.

 

Tip #11

Never run and dive straight into the water, even if you have already checked it out. Water conditions change, and this is especially true at the beach, as the effect that the waves and tides have on the sandy sea bed means that the position of things like bars and holes, as well as the general depth of the water can change dramatically in just minutes.

 

Tip #12

Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They can impair your judgment and diminish your ability to swim. Alcohol is especially dangerous as it makes the body fatigue and tire rapidly, meaning that if you get into trouble you may not have the strength to get yourself out of it.

 

For more information about Beach and Surf Safety, contact your local Surf Life Saving Club, or have a chat with a surf lifesaver on the beach.

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