Swimming pools are a lot of fun, but it’s really important to stay safe when in water as it only takes a very short time to get into trouble. This is what you can do to protect yourself whilst enjoying the pools:
Please be aware that there are private and public beaches at most destinations. Some are accessible only to hotel guests; some facilities such as sun beds, are associated with the bars and restaurants on the beachfront. Therefore please check that this beach is accessible to you.
Choose a beach with a lifeguard if possible
Supervise your children at all times, both on the beach and in the water.
Make sure you know when the high and low tides are so that you don’t choose a spot where you could become cut off from the main beach if the tide comes in.
It can get very hot on a beach so don’t forget to take plenty of water as well as sun cream, sun hats, a sun umbrella and depending on where you are you may need insect repellent too. When the sun’s at its strongest make sure you spend some time in the shade. This is particularly important for children as they can burn easily and young babies should be protected from the sun at all times.
If you are going into the sea or any of the local establishments, remember to secure your valuables and take them with you.
Beaches are home to many local merchants selling their local goods. Please be firmly polite if you do not want to purchase their goods and services.
If you are considering any sea based water sports, please ensure that you purchase the experience from an established business that can demonstrate their skills and experience in delivering the experience safely.
If you’re planning on swimming anywhere beyond the hotel pool, make sure you only do this where you’re allowed to and where it will be suited to your swimming ability. This includes in the sea, rivers, lakes, tidal waters and other waters.
Rip tides are particularly dangerous currents, and certain destinations and beaches have significant rip tides that exceed any swimmers ability. Please pay close attention to any local advice and notices on rip tides, and do not ignore any instructions that are provided for your safety.