Staying Safe At The Beach
There are things you can do to keep yourself and your family safe at the beach. There are dangers and hazards that can be present on any beach, so make sure you are prepared, and pick a beach which is safe for your children.
- Beaches with lifeguards are the safest for your child to swim at. Teach your child to swim between the red and yellow flags, which means that part of the beach is watched by lifeguards.
- Pay attention to any warning signs at the beach, which warn about things like submerged rocks or strong currents.
- Encourage children to wear sandals to stop them cutting their feet on sharp rocks or glass.
- Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas. Always check tide times before you go. If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
Its also really important to stay safe in the sun, for more information *click here* to go to our page on staying safe in the sun.
On some beaches in Norfolk it is possible to get cut off by the tide. Getting cut off by the tide also contributes to a significant number of RNLI rescues every year.
Because tide times and heights vary throughout the month, a beach that was clear yesterday at 5pm might be completely covered in sea at the same time today.
Its actually possible to predict exactly when they will be in or out so you can make sure you do not get cut off.
To check the tide times of the beach you are going to *click here* to view tide tables for the UK.
Children are safest when supervised.
When you get to the beach speak to your children about a meeting point in case they get lost. If you are on a lifeguarded beach, visit the lifeguard hut when you get there and they may be able to give you special wristbands to put your contact details on.
If your child does go missing:
- Calmly check your surroundings first, ensuring other children remain supervised.
- Contact the lifeguards or police and keep them informed.
- Let all searchers know once the child is found.
Learning to float is a skill that could save your child’s life. This essential life skill will teach them to keep their airways clear of the water and control their breathing if they get into trouble in the water.
Watch the video below on how to float and practise next time you visit the pool with your child.
Who Can Help?
You can also contact a member of the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.