Visiting the beach is fun. But it can be dangerous too. If you follow the golden rules, you should have a safe day out.
- Watch the weather; watch the tides
- Keep an eye on the kids
- Read the safety signs and find out where the rescue equipment is
- Tell someone where you are, and take your mobile
- Don’t swim alone or beyond your depth – calm water can be dangerous too
- 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
- Don’t swim after storms, floods or heavy rainfall – short-term pollution can be higher
- Use inflatables cautiously, always use a fixed line to the shore
- Watch out for changes in water depth and other submerged hazards such as groynes
- Drink water and apply sun cream – you can get burnt in Scotland too!
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.
We work in collaboration with RNLI as safety experts they carry out many of the risk assessments for our beaches, providing advice and support on safety.