Visiting the beach is fun. But it can be dangerous too. If you follow the golden rules, you should have a safe day out.
- Keep an eye on the weather and tides.
- Always read and follow the safety signs and identify where any public rescue equipment is located.
- Supervise your children at all times.
- Tell someone where you are, and take your mobile
- Never swim alone or beyond your depth, even calm water can be dangerous.
- Swimming after storms, floods or heavy rainfall should be avoided as the risk of short term pollution is greatly increased.
- Use inflatables cautiously, always use a fixed line to the shore!
- If you do get caught in a rip current, don't fight against it - if possible, swim out of it by moving parallel to the beach
- Beware of changes in water depth and other submerged hazards such as groynes
- Be sun safe, drink plenty of water and apply sun cream regularly.
If you see someone in difficulty in the water dial 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
For information on how you can protect yourself and your family and friends when visiting the beach we would recommend you visit the RNLI website. Additional info can be found from Water Safety Scotland or the Royal Life Saving Society.