Planning a trip to the beach?
Make sure you are aware of the tide times before you travel! Have fun, stay safe and wherever possible, always swim at a lifeguarded beach and remember to always check the safety signs at the entrance to the beach as these will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
Protect Your Family On The Beach
Before you settle down for your day on the beach, have you checked the tides? Lifeguards can't be on every beach this summer so make sure you know before you go!
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What Are Tides?
Tides are the rising and falling of sea levels. When the water level rises and floods part the beach, this is called high tide. When the water falls, this is low tide. The difference between high and low tide levels change from day to day and from place to place. This means that even though there one time in one place doesn't mean they'll be the same in another - although for North Cornwall he difference is never much!
Tides are caused by the pull of the Moon's gravity, which is an invisible force pulling in Earth.
What Are The Dangers For Kids At The Beach?
Without you by their side, children are vulnerable at the beach. They need you to protect them from the sea's unpredictable waves, rip currents and cold water. And, this summer, fewer lifeguard patrols will be on hand to supervise or rescue so please be careful.
What's A Rip Current?
Rips are strong currents running out to sea, which can quickly drag people and debris away from the shallows of the shoreline and out to deeper water.
They tend to flow at 1–2mph but can reach 4–5mph, which is faster than an Olympic swimmer.
Rips are especially powerful in larger surf, but never underestimate the power of any water. They are also found around river mouths, estuaries and man-made structures like piers and groynes.
How to spot and avoid a rip current -
Rip currents can be difficult to spot, but are sometimes identified by a channel of churning, choppy water on the sea's surface.
Even the most experienced beachgoers can be caught out by rips, so don’t be afraid to ask lifeguards for advice. They will show you how you can identify and avoid rips.
If you do find yourself caught in a rip:
- Don’t try to swim against it or you’ll get exhausted.
- If you can stand, wade don’t swim.
- If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore.
- Always raise your hand and shout for help.
If you see anyone else in trouble, alert the lifeguards or call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
For more beach safety advice, please click here.