The temperatures are slowly creeping up, and the sun is even making an appearance from time to time. With summer holidays just around the corner, you may be thinking about embarking on a trip to the beach or even booking a quintessentially British seaside break. If you plan to spend time on the shoreline this summer, it’s advisable to be wary of the risks involved. Whether it’s high tide or low tide, it’s beneficial to take steps to prevent accidents at the beach.
The dangers of low tide
You may assume that it’s more dangerous to take a dip at high tide, but there are dangers associated with swimming at low tide. The problem with swimming in the sea rather than a swimming pool is the unpredictability of the currents. The speed at which the tide comes in can also be deceptive, and before you know it, the waves can be crashing at your feet and threatening to drench your picnic blankets and beach towels. If you are swimming in the sea at any time of day, always make sure that children are supervised and stick to areas that are designated safe swimming areas. If the weather changes or the tide appears to be coming in very quickly, use your common sense and listen out for advice from the coastguard or lifeguards. Any risk at all, don’t stay in the water.
If you’ve got children with you, stay close to the shore. It is possible to get into deep trouble, even when the water level is low. If you do experience problems, and you’re struggling to stay afloat, try and attract attention by shouting and waving your arms.
Beach accident compensation
Everybody wants to enjoy a trip to the seaside. We want to focus on the ice creams, arcade games and sandcastles, rather than worrying about holiday accidents. However, it is possible for a fun day out to end in disaster. If you’ve been involved in a beach accident and you weren’t at fault, why not call Accident Advice Helpline or take our 30-second eligibility test online? We understand that dealing with injuries can be very stressful and distressing, and we take over all the hard work for you. If you want to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee* compensation claim for an accident that happened in the last 3 years, call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice