Tips for the Beach
- Enjoying the beach should be both safe and fun, especially
if you follow a few basic safety hints.
- Only swim between the red and yellow flags. The flags
have been placed there by the experienced surf lifesavers to indicate
the safer place to swim. It's also usually where the cleanest breaking
waves are - the best conditions for body surfing.
- The red and yellow flaged area is patrolled by surf
lifesavers. If there are no flags and you can't see any lifesavers on
patrol, think twice before going into the water!
Beach Safety Hints
- Always swim or surf at places patrolled by lifesavers.
- Swim between the red and yellow flags. They mark the
safer area for swimming.
- Always swim under supervision.
- Read and obey the signs.
- If you are unsure of surf conditions, ask a lifesaver.
- Don't swim directly after a meal.
- Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never run or dive in the water. Even if you have checked
before. Water conditions can change.
- If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm. Signal
for help, float and wait for assistance.
- Use 15+ sunscreen and wear a shirt and hat. Remember
to reapply sunscreen after swimming.
- Learn how to spot a rip and keep clear of it. A rip
can be recognised by sand coloured or rippled 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.
- Keep the beach clean, put your rubbish in a bin and
keep off the duned areas. They are there to preserve the beach environment.
Learn More by Gaining an Award
- You can join a Surf Life Saving Club and join a group
of members studying for an award.
- Surf Life Saving Awards are interesting, rewarding
and heaps of fun.
2002 Surf Life Saving Illawarra
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