Be beach safe

Leandrea Louw
The festive season is here and everyone is heading to the coast to tan on the beach and enjoy the refreshing waves.

A day of fun at the ocean can however, quickly turn into a tragedy.

Monarch Lifeguards shared the following water safety tips.

Always swim at the beach or pool watched by lifeguards.

Ask lifeguards for the safest place to swim.

Pay attention to the beach warning flags. Swim between the red and yellow flags.

Don’t rely on inflatable devices to keep your children afloat.

Always swim with a friend.

Children should swim under the supervision of parents or guardians.

Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Don’t run and dive in the water.

Keep toys not in use away from the pool.

Reach or throw aid to distress swimmers, don’t leave.

Install and use a baby guard pool fence around a home pool.

Wear a lifejacket.

Know your physical limit in water.

When caught in a rip current, swim parallel with the waves until it breaks and never panic.

Learn how to swim the correct way.

When spending time at the beach, make sure you protect yourself from the sun rays.

Before going outdoors, apply sunscreen with a high protection factor, higher than 30+. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, including your ears, face and neck. After swimming re-apply sunscreen immediately.

Wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a large hat.

When spending time in the sun, drink extra water, to remain hydrated at all times.

Avoid spending excessive time in the sun, especially around midday, rather remain in the shade. Use an umbrella.