Love the beach? Know the risks

By January 3, 2015Safety

The heat is definitely on 9 of skycastle! How many times have you gone to the beach this month? It’s a great way to cool off, socialise and catch a tan, but as with everything, there’re certain risks you need to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to know!

Trying surfing for the first time?

There’s no doubt that this is an awesome hobby/lifestyle, but once you’ve reached that awesome moment of being able to stand on the board, there’s something else to take into consideration – the sea currents!

  • Rip currents: These are powerful channelled currents that can pull you out into the sea. We recommend that you speak to a surfing instructor about sea safety before riding the waves! Bottom line: If caught in one, don’t fight it! Swim parallel to the shore and swim back to land at an angle.

Planning on having a few drinks?

Having a couple of drinks with your friends is perfectly fine, but don’t do this at the beach – although they’re both liquid, alcohol and the sea don’t mix! Alcohol can:

  • Impair judgment
  • Upset your balance and coordination
  • Reduces your body’s ability to stay warm
  • Affects swimming and diving skills
  • And is a common reason for drowning

Do you know what lives in the sea?

There’re many different types of sea creatures that have the ability to cause you injury. Common injuries are caused by:

  • Jellyfish: Don’t be fooled by its appearance! There’re approximately 70 species of jellyfish that have poisonous venom in their tentacles that can cause serious harm or even death. Before getting into the sea, look for any warning signs or ask the lifeguard if there’re poisonous jellyfish in the water.
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These are just a few things that you need to know, but keep them in mind and you’ll have great fun this summer! Be aware, be safe!