Stay safe at the beach

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Five top tips to stay safe at the beach over the next few weeks and into the summer holidays.

Float to Live
If you find yourself struggling in the water, or if you fall in unexpectedly, you should Float to Live. Just lean back and use your arms and legs to help you float. Wait until you can control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety.

Choose a lifeguarded beach
Choosing a lifeguarded beach gives you and your family the protection of highly trained lifeguards. They can see the dangers develop and prevent accidents before they happen.

Know the risks and what to do
When you’re heading to the beach, it’s important that you know the risks and what you can do to minimise them. From rip currents to tides, cold water shock to waves, being aware of the dangers will help you to stay safe.

Call 999 or 112 in an emergency
When you go to the beach always carry a means of calling for help. Call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

Know your flags
If you visit a lifeguarded beach, there will be flags on the beach to show you where it’s safe to swim. If you’re planning to swim or bodyboard, stay between the red and yellow flags. For surfboards, stand-up paddleboards or other non-powered craft, go between the black and white chequered flag. You should not swim there.

If a red flag is flying, the water is dangerous. Do not enter the water under any circumstances.

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