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Monday, 02 June 2014 12:25

Inflatables

Inflatable's

Rubber rings and Lilo's are all to familiar to all of us. But in the sea they could be your worst enemy.

Inflatable's are likely to get caught by any wind and this could lead to your getting swept out to sea. Many beaches will display an orange flag when there is an off-shore wind - this is when they are an absolute no-no. Many lifeguard stations advise against even using them in the sea, though if they are used, is must be between the red and yellow flags.

Never use inflatables in choppy sea conditions. 

NEXT IN OUR LINE OF BEACH SAFETY BLOGS - KNOW YOUR FLAGS.

 

Published in Beach & Surfing
Thursday, 22 May 2014 08:27

Rip Tides

What are Rip Tides? Rips are strong currents flowing out to sea, the typical speed of a rip is 0.5meters per second but can reach speeds up to 2.5meters per second - which is faster than any human swimmer! They are also found around river mouths, estuaries and man-made structures such as piers. Rip Tides are so strong that if you try swimming agaisnt it, you will just tire youself out.

So what does a Rip Tide look like? Some things to look out for are - foam on the waters surface, rippled patch on the sea where the sea is generally calm and sandy coloured water cause by sand being stirred up from the sea bed.

What happens if you get caught in a Rip Tide? The most important thing to do is to remain calm! Just float with the Rip Tide and get the attention of others who can raise the alarm for help. If you are comfortable in the situation and a good swimmer, you can try swimming parallel to the shore line to escape the Rip Tide. But most importantly remain calm and raise the alarm! Rip Tides are stronger when the sea is rough or on a low tide.

Rip Tides are the cause or about 80% of beach lifeguard rescues. Stay safe and stay in the know. 

Our next #beachsafety blog entry is all about Waves and Tides.

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