Follow these six tips to ensure your day at the beach is both fun and safe!]
1. Always swim between the red and yellow flags
When you see red and yellow flags on a beach it indicates that there is currently a lifesaving service operating on that beach.
2. Read the safety signs
Before you go on to the beach be sure to read the safety signs.
3. Ask a lifeguard for safety advice
Lifeguards are highly trained and very knowledgeable about beach safety and conditions.
4. Swim with a friend
While you are swimming together you can keep an eye out for each other.
5. If you need help, stay calm and attract attention
If you require a lifeguard’s assistance to get back to shore, stay calm, raise your arm in the air and wave it from side to side.
And of course, don't forget to:
6. Slip, Slop, Slap
'SLIP on a T-Shirt, SLOP on some sunscreen and SLAP on a hat' is the famous advice that has long been recommended by the Australian Cancer Council for staying sun-safe at the beach.
These days, they've extended the advice further to be include SEEK shade and SLIDE on some sunglasses.
Read more on the Cancer Council website and see their campaign video below:
Visit beachsafe.org.au for information in languages including Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Malay, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.