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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
Friday, 30 May 2014 10:19

Coasteering

Coasteering

Coasteering is an activity ran by many providers around the Welsh coast, most popularily on Gower and in Pembrokeshire. The activity consists of jumping, plunging, traversing, climbing, swimming, cave exploration and marine life watching, it is a great activity for all age groups!

Instructors who take coasteering are very knowledgeable of the sea and how it works, we know where to go and where not to go to make sure that a fantastic time is had by all in the safest possible way!

When you come Coasteering with us you will be provided with a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet!

And you will need to bring your swimsuit (to go underneath the wetsuit), a spare pair of strong shoes to wear in the sea, some shorts to go over your wetsuit to avoid bum scuffs! Also always good to remember a towel too :)

Next in the line of Beach Safety blogs - Inflatables

Published in Coasteering & Climbing
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.

Published in Beach & Surfing
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 14:19

Stay safe on the beach this summer

Stay safe on the beaches across Gower this summer with these helpful tips from the RNLI. Where ever possible swim at a beach with a lifeguard on visit www.goodbeachguide.co.uk to find the beach closest to you with a lifeguard.

Always read and obey the safety signs, they will often be informing you of any dangers that could occur. On lifeguard manned beaches swim between the yellow and red flags as these are the safest areas to be swimming in.

Avoid swimming alone If you see someone getting into difficulty, do not try help them unless you are trained as they could push you uner the surface in a panic, alert the beach lifeguard or if there is no lifeguard call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

More tips to follow in the next blog entry - All about Rip Tides

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