Stay safe at the beach thanks to Zane Holmes. There is nothing better than a day at the beach with family and friends, and it’s a fun and fabulous way to get some exercise and fresh air. However, the beach and surf can be a dangerous place – last year 266 people drowned in Australian waterways. To learn how to keep your family and friends safe at the beach we have enlisted one of the best in the biz! A huge thanks to World Champion Ironman Zane Holmes for this fabulous list. Zane has won every major ironman race there is to win – from the World Championship (twice), the Australian Championship, five Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Series crowns, the Coolangatta Gold and six Queensland titles – so who better to teach us about beach safety!
- Check out our blog on the Medibank Wave Warriors Junior Challenge created by Zane Holmes
Teach your kids to swim – its also so important that kids learn to swim in both pool conditions and in the surf.
Look out for lifeguards – Always swim at a beach patrolled by lifesavers or lifeguards
Find the flags – Always swim between the red & yellow flags and obey the instructions of the lifeguards.
Supervise your kids at all times – Never take your eye off them near the water
Slip, Slop, Slap – Ensure your kids have sunscreen applied, and reapply according to directions. The Cancer Council has a great range of new Peppa Pig suncreens out for smaller kids who may not like wearing sunscreen.
Improve visability – Dress kids in highly visible colours. this will help you to see them in the water and also spot them on a crowded beach
Enrol your kids in nippers – it’s a great way to teach your kids about surf safety
Model good behaviour – Make sure kids wear a hat and appropriate clothing. They are more likely to do this is you are weariung them too
Hydrate with H2o – especially on a hot day
Find a friend – Ensure kids swim in groups to keep an eye on each other
Look for Beach Signs – Read the signs on the beach and follow these as well as the directions from lifeguards.
Be Rip aware – The Surf Life Saving association contains some fantastic information about how to identify rips, and what to do if you get caught in one. If you get stuck in a rip stay calm and put up your arm for assistance.
Watch the weather – Extreme weather conditions such as intense heat, storms, wind can increase the risk at the beach. Look at weather conditions before heading out and avoid the extremes.
Have respect – Don’t underestimate the power of the waves. Respect the power of the ocean.
Keep Calm –If you do get into trouble keep calm and don’t panic. Raise your arm for assistance.
Marine Creatures – learn basic first aid in the event you re stung by marine life
Get the App – Surf Lifesaving Australia has an app called Beachsafe where you can find out the latest information on over 12,000 beaches in Australia.