Swimming and at the beach

Keeping you safe when at the pool or the seaside

Pools and beaches are one of the main attractions on our holiday destinations. With some sensible precautions and supervision for children, everyone can have fun in the water whilst remaining safe.

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:

  • Ensure you familiarise yourself with the pool and the area around it before first using it, particularly if you’re on holiday with children or infants
  • There will be an information board setting out the pool rules, make sure you take a look at this
  • Check for depth markings around the pool and make sure your whole party are aware which ends of the pool are shallow or deep
  • Not all pools are required to have lifeguard supervision, so check whether the pool you’re using is supervised.
  • Never leave children or infants unattended or unsupervised, not even if there are lifeguards
  • Any water slides around the pool must be used as instructed
  • Make sure you know where to get help in the event of any emergency
  • Non-swimmers must wear flotation devices when in the pool
  • To prevent infections and maintain the cleanliness of the swimming pool, use the shower facilities nearby before entering the pool
  • If infants are planning on using the pool, they must always wear appropriate swim nappies
  • If the pool is closed or it’s after dark, don’t use it, even if there are underwater lights
  • Please do not swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is not advised to swim on a full stomach

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.

  • Always follow the information around safety that’s available at the beach. Make sure to have a look for warning flags, signage and an on-duty lifeguard.
  • Find out the best action in an emergency situation, e.g. calling the local coastguard.
  • Always take your own swimming ability into consideration.  If you haven’t swam in some time. Start slowly and don’t over exert yourself.
  • Look out for any dangerous currents and hazards such as rocks, reefs, sudden changes in depth and marine life underwater.

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.

  • If a sign directs you not to swim somewhere, make sure you follow this advice e.g. in zoned areas for jet boats or skis
  • If you suffer an injury in the water, seek assistance from a medical professional as quickly as possible.  
  • Don’t swim near or dive from rocks, piers, breakwaters or coral.
  • Never swim alone where you can, and always make sure children are under supervision.