Even A Relaxing Morning On The Beach Can Have A Sting In The Tail
Photo By: Kaptain Kobold
Australia is known for its beaches, from the more popular Bondi Beach in Sydney and Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast to the quiet ones that have no names and have yet to be discovered. With over 11,000 beaches, you're sure to find one that is your own perfect combination of sun, sea and sand. Most of these beaches are patrolled by lifeguards to ensure everyone's safety, but it is still best to remember the following precautions.
Watch out for rip currents
Rips are strong, fast moving currents that move towards the sea and can pull you further into the water. Rips can easily pull you in if you go deeper than waist deep. Avoid swimming alone and make sure to stay within the red and yellow flags.
Know how to deal with rip currents
If you find yourself being pulled towards the sea, do not panic. Conserve your energy by floating and swim towards shore calmly when the current weakens.
Check for warning signs
The warning signs are there for a reason; to tell you what to do and what not to do. Here are common signs you can find in an Australian beach:
- Strong Currents
- Shallow Water
- Submerged Rocks
- Rough Surf
- High Surf
- Dangerous Rips
There are also signs that warn about marine creatures. Keep an eye out for Salties (crocodiles), Sea snakes, Sharks, Stingers, Stingrays and Stonefish. Always stay within the designated swimming areas and stinger enclosures.
The most common warning sign is for Stingers. Marine stingers can be found in just about every beach in Australia, while tropical stingers are common around Northern Australia, in Queensland and Western Australia. Both types of stingers are extremely dangerous and most plentiful during summer (November to May). If you're visiting during stinger season, always stay between the red and yellow
flags behind the stinger enclosures. A full body lycra suit can add extra protection. If stung, pour vinegar onto the affected area and provide first aid immediately. Call 000 for an ambulance.
Be prepared for the sun
The Australian sun can cause skin damage, even if you think it is a cloudy day. Always put on sunscreen, a sun hat and sunglasses. A Tshirt or a rash guard can provide more protection from the sun as well. You can also avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water.
In addition to staying in patrolled beaches and swimming within the red and yellow flags, here are a few more things to remember:
- Do not to swim at night, because that's when sharks and salties are most active
- Do not swim alone so it is easier to call for help
- Do not swim if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
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