There are around 12,000 beaches in Australia and it pays to know how you can safely swim whenever you to go to one. After all, you’re at the beach to have fun, probably with family or friends, and the last thing you’d want is an emergency.
Learn To Spot Hazards At The Beach
To make sure you don’t encounter any, here are a few reminders on how you can safely catch the waves.
Mind the flags
The flags aren’t there for decoration, and you should always swim between the red and yellow flags. Ask the lifeguard about dangerous areas or ones you can swim in safely before going in the water. Also, there are a lot of signs on most beaches and information can be found in most resort hotels or inns, so it’s not hard to keep yourself informed.
Spot a Rip current
To not get caught, it’s important to know how to spot one. For kids and beginners, it can be very dangerous when they couldn’t swim ashore. So, when you notice a part of the water that’s dark and muddy, it’s best to avoid it or ask the lifeguard if it’s safe.
Don’t swim at night
You might be tempted to take a dip at night but you never know what’s waiting for you in the water. The rip becomes more difficult to see and if you do get in trouble, the beach isn’t patrolled at night so you would be on your own.
Avoid swimming after a meal
You probably heard this a lot in the past and might have found some who disagree. However, it’s more advisable to wait for a few minutes before getting in the water. Besides, it’s more comfortable to swim when you don’t feel bloated.
Some stories about Australian waters might be exaggerated, but it pays to be cautious. You need to know what dangerous creatures are found in beaches and how you could keep a safe distance.
- Bluebottle jellyfish – This bottle-like sac that’s dominantly blue and with a hint of green and pink are commonly found on Aussie beaches. Though they have stung many, it isn’t fatal. Some stings can be treated at home, except for severe cases.
- Blue-ringed octopus – When not agitated, the octopus is brown. Once its blue rings appear, it means it’s threatened and ready to attack, which serves as your cue to leave. It’s important to avoid them because there is no known cure for its venom and anyone bitten always needs to be given medical help immediately.
- Sharks – There is a huge effort to let people know about the presence of sharks in the water. Lifesavers inform beachgoers about it and there are signs and flags for everyone to see. If by some accident, you find yourself beyond the safe zone, observe the fish and if their movements seem strange, then you need to swim to the shore. But try to focus and not panic so as to not attract shark that might be in the area.
- Stonefish – They’re said to be the most venomous fish in the world which means a sting would have to be treated right away. However, avoiding rocky areas where they live can greatly lessen the chance of being stung.
- Lionfish – They are found in shallow waters near coral reefs, so it’s best not to linger in those areas. Their zebra-like spines are really attractive but are also venomous, so you need to swim away, to not get harmed.
Enjoy the Water
Going to the beach with your family becomes more comfortable when you know how to keep them safe.
So, plan your next trip, choose good spots to visit and take a pick from the many resort style accommodations nearby.
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