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Safety Tips
Tips to make your day at the beach even safer

· Swim between the red and yellow flags at the beach. The red and yellow flags indicate the safest place to swim when lifeguards and lifesavers patrol beaches.
· Always swim or surf at places patrolled by lifesavers or lifeguards.
· Always swim under supervision.
· Read and obey the signs.
· If you are unsure of surf conditions, ask a lifeguard or lifesaver.
· Don't swim directly after a meal.
· Don't swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
· Always check the depth of the water.
· Never run or dive in the water. Even if you have checked the depth, water conditions can change.
· If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm. Signal for help, by holding up one arm and waving, float and wait for assistance.
· Use 30+ sunscreen and wear a shirt and hat. Remember to reapply sunscreen after swimming.
· Learn how to spot a rip and keep clear of it. A rip can be recognised by sand coloured or rippled water running out to sea when the water on either side is generally cleaner. The waves may also be larger and breaking further out to sea on both sides of the rip.
· Keep the beach clean, put your rubbish in a bin and keep off the duned areas. They are there to preserve the beach environment.
· IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 999 AND ASK FOR COASTGUARD - AND BE SURE TO GIVE THE EXACT LOCATION AND NEAREST LAND MARK
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