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Enjoy the Beach Safely This Summer

Enjoy the Beach Safely This Summer
24 June 2014 1781 Views No comments

Whether you're lucky enough to have the beach on your doorstep, or you are heading to one while on holiday, stopping off for some sun, sea and sand is always great fun for the entire family.

However, the beach comes with a number of dangers that perhaps a swimming pool in an enclosed area doesn't. This means that there are some things you need to take into consideration when heading to the beach that may not be issues when it comes to swimming pools.

Currents

One of the biggest differences between swimming at the beach and swimming in a pool is the current. Some beaches experience very strong currents, which can be dangerous – especially when swimming out of your depth or for inexperienced swimmers.

It is a good idea to check what the currents are like at the beach you are planning on visiting before you get there. They may always have strong currents, or they may only experience them at certain times. Either way, it is important that you know what to expect before getting into the water.

Even if currents tend to be quite mild, you need to take extra care when heading into the water – especially with your little ones. Buoyancy aids – such as the Original Konfidence Jacket – can help provide more peace of mind and build up your child's confidence in the sea.

Weather

While you might be happy heading to the beach come rain or shine, changes to the weather have a significant impact when on the beach.

If the weather gets rough, it can mean that the ocean does, too. Although you can still swim in the sea with a few waves, you should make sure to take into account everyone's swimming ability before doing so. You should also avoid going in if the water is too rough, especially if there are no lifeguards around.

A good indication of whether the ocean is too rough for safe swimming are lifeguard's flags. These are used on many beaches to show what the water conditions are. It is a good idea to check what the different flags mean before heading to the beach, and to always look to see what flags are flying before going in for a swim.

Tides

Unlike swimming pools, beaches won't always experience the same water levels. Tides mean that the water can start at different points throughout the day and even sneak up on you. On some beaches, this happens incredibly quickly!

As well as needing to know what the tide is going to do throughout the day so that you know where you should put all your belongings – after all, you don't want them to get washed away while the family is enjoying a swim – different tides bring their own issues.

When tides are out, the water tends to get deeper at a much slower rate. This means it is a great time for paddling and playing games. You can also see some sea life at low tide – such as hermit crabs – which is always interesting.

However, not all low tide fish are friendly – on some beaches you should look out for weever fish. These lie under the sand and can sting your feet when the tide is out. Wearing swim-friendly footwear – like Konfidence's Paddlers – can provide protection.

When the tide is in, the water can get deep much more quickly and can sometimes mean that there are sand banks, which result in the ground dropping away quite quickly. It is a good idea to check what the situation is before getting your children in the water, just so that you can be sure the water isn't suddenly going to get too deep.

Crowds

It goes without saying that during the summer, beaches get busy. It can be difficult to keep an eye on your belongings, let alone children who want to go off and play.

You should try to set your things up in an area that is easy to spot and also has a good view of the beach. This means that you'll be able to see everyone, but also that they will be able to find you if they get a bit disorientated. You could even put up a family flag or a brightly coloured windbreaker just to make your space easier to spot.

When it comes to keeping an eye on your kids, dressing them in distinctive swimwear really helps. You can put them in costumes that are bright, with matching hats – like our Sun Protection Hats – or use brightly coloured suncream.

Our Original Konfidence Jackets also come with reflective material on the back, so if your little one is kitted out in one of these you are unlikely to lose sight of them for long.

Enjoy!

Of course, the most important thing about going to the beach is to enjoy yourself and have fun with all the family – especially as the British summer will probably be over in a flash! So this summer, be safe and have fun on the beach.