The second series of Australian Survival Guide and in this article we focus on Australian beaches because you never know what to expect when you make your way into the unrelenting beast that is the ocean.
A day out at the beach is a real Aussie thing to do because let’s face it, a vast majority of Australians live in the vicinity of the coast, and it’s also where tourist flock too for some sun when the Northern Hemisphere is having their winter.
It is a fair argument, that a day at the beach is a popular past time during the summer months. The sandy beaches are packed, families are having fun and people are getting their tan on, while sun-baking for hours on end.
It all seems paradise under the clear blue sky, doom and gloom can happen. It has happened. So when at the beach, follow these simple rules and keep safe while having some fun while holidaying in Australia.
Life-Saving Tips to Survive at an Australian Beach this Summer
Swim between the flags
The flags are in the sand for a reason, to save lives. In that zone, the Lifeguards are on duty, it’s safe from the dangerous rips and it’s a popular swimming area with watchful eyes all around.
A weaker swimmer should especially abide the flags, it’s not foolproof, but in the rare event that something may go wrong, help is normally around.
Alcohol and water don’t mix
You know the slogan if you drink then drive you’re a bloody idiot. The same goes for swimming and alcohol consumption.
Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol while swimming is toxic, drownings have happened because of such inappropriate behaviour at the beach. Don’t be a statistic at summertime, you can still have fun without the booze.
Fill the Esky with ice
Not for alcohol, but for water, hydration is important in hot and humid conditions. Fill the esky with water, soft drinks, maybe a bottle of wine for later (when swimming is done) and some fresh meat for BBQ at meal time.
Two eyes on the kids
Children are what is most precious to us and need to be looked after accordingly. Kids are always curious, one minute they could be making sandcastles, next they are in the shallow end of the ocean which can overpower the lightweights without warning.
When at the beach, never assume your kids are doing just fine, the ocean is a vulnerable beast, so don’t take it for granted and don’t take your eyes off the kids.
Life jackets save lives
Think you might be in a vulnerable situation, like fishing on the rocks off the beach or kayaking through the unpredictable waters, make sure you are wearing a life jacket.
Many have drowned in this country because fisherman has been swept off the rocks by an unforeseen wave, a life jacket could have saved many lives. Never think you will be right, take precaution. Life is precious.
Protect the skin
I have mentioned the slip, slop, slap method in the Australian Summer Survival guide. It is important to mention it again. Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat. After that, you need to seek shade as often as possible.
Not much shade at the beach? Bring a large umbrella, gazebo or a beach dome shelter and sunbake in the shade. Australia is the sunburned country, protect the skin at all cost, it’s the only one you have got.
Did you enjoy the safety at beach article? Read surviving an Australian Summer and get more tips on staying safe in Australia.