Parents and childminders should be vigilant and aware of water hazards around the home. If a child can open a tap by himself, any large container can become a hazard…
AT THE BEACH REMEMBER THE FLAGS
- F – Find the flags and swim between them: red and yellow flags/beacons mark the safest place to swim at the beach.
- L – Look at the safety signs: they help to identify potential dangers and daily conditions at the beach.
- A – Ask a lifeguard for advice: surf conditions can change quickly so talk to a lifeguard before entering the water.
- G – Get a friend to swim with you: you’ll be able to look out for each other’s safety and get help if needed. Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult who is in the water with them.
- S – Stick your hand up for help. If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm and raise your arm.
6 SENSIBLE BEACH RULES
- NEVER swim at beaches that aren’t patrolled.
- NEVER swim at night.
- NEVER swim under the influence of alcohol.
- NEVER run and dive into the water.
- NEVER swim directly after a meal.
- NEVER eat while swimming.
AT PUBLIC POOLS
- Obey signs giving advice to swimmers and listen to the pool guards.
- Stay away from the deep end, unless you or your child/children are competent swimmers.
- Teach kids to make sure the water is clear of swimmers before jumping in and not to run around the pool edge.
- Be aware of the depth markings on the side of the pool.
- Remember that a well-kept pool with clean water can be just as dangerous as a dirty pool or dam.
- The sloping bottom of the pool and the magnification effects of water can be deceiving.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT
- Try not to panic.
- Raise your arm vertically and signal the beach.
- Turn over and float on your back.
- If you are able to swim, swim with the current, angling across to the edge of the rip. Do not attempt to swim against the rip.
- If you start getting tired, DO NOT panic. Roll onto your back and rest.