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Beach safety for kids

By June 15, 2015Families

Splashing around in the sea together is one of those simple pleasures that you and your child will always remember.

Make sure your fun in the waves is memorable for all the right reasons with our family sea safety guide.

  1. Stick to lifeguarded beaches. These beaches will have red and yellow flags set out when lifeguards are on duty. Make sure you swim between the flags, as this is where they will be concentrating their attention. Don’t become complacent because there are lifesavers around, though. You are still responsible for yourself and any children you have with you.Beaches close to Bedruthan that are lifeguarded in Spring and Summer include:
    Mawgan Porth Beach
    Polzeath Beach
    Harlyn Bay Beach
    Porthcothan Bay Beach
    Fistral Beach
    Crantock Beach
    Portreath Beach
    Porth Beach
    Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach
    Tolcarne Beach
    Trevone Bay beach
    Porthtowan Beach
    Holywell Bay Beach
    Watergate Bay beach
    Chapel Porth Beach
    Towan Beach Newquay
    Perranporth Beach
    Great Western Beach
    Treyarnon Bay Beach
    Constantine Bay Beach
  2. Watch the sea before heading in. The ocean is changing constantly. Just because the water was calm yesterday doesn’t mean it will be today.If the current seems to be sending swimmers up or down the coast, you may have trouble keeping your child within arm’s reach. If swimmers appear to be bobbing more or less in place, not being pulled in any one direction, it is probably a good day for a swim.If there are red flag warnings up, don’t swim with your child. Trust your own common sense too, though – if there’s no red flag but the waves are breaking hard close to the shore, your child may have trouble getting past them to start swimming.
  3. Kit your child out in a lifeguard-approved flotation device. Even if your child is only wading, a flotation device will help you both feel more confident. Remember, the force of the waves can knock your child under water even close to shore. Steer clear of lilows or rubber rings as even a light breeze can sweep them out to sea. If you do play with inflatable toys, make sure they are tied to an adult standing on the shoreline.
  4. Know what to do if you and your child get caught in a rip. Rip currents are small channels that pull the water, and anything in them, away from shore. Trying to swim back to the beach when you’re caught in a rip is exhausting and often impossible, particularly if you have a child with you. Rips are very narrow channels, so if you swim parallel to shore for a few yards, you will usually swim out of the current and can then make your way back to the beach.
  5. Keep your child within arm’s reach. A child who is underwater for even two minutes will lose consciousness, and once four to six minutes have passed, brain damage is likely. So, stay alert and close to your child the entire time they are in the water.
  6. Remember to slather on plenty of waterproof sunblock. The sun’s rays are magnified bouncing off the reflective surface of the sea. UV proof suits are great for the beach too and many children’s sunhats come with chinstraps to keep them on in the water.

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