Taking inflatables into the sea is a must for any beach holiday. From extravagant lilos and banana boats to simple rubber rings and beach balls, everyone has a favourite. However, as well as being a lot of fun, taking inflatables into the sea can be dangerous. The last thing you want is having your seaside adventure ruined by a nasty accident on holiday.
What are the main dangers of taking inflatables into the sea?
The specific dangers of taking inflatables into the sea depend on the inflatables themselves. Here’s a look at some of the classic examples:
There’s nothing quite like stretching out on a lilo in the sun. The gentle waves bobbing away beneath you provide the perfect relaxation. However, switching off in this situation will soon see you suffering a dangerous holiday accident. As you start to drift off, there’s a real chance that your lilo will do the same. Sea currents can be unpredictable, powerful and dangerous. Before you know it, you could well have been swept far away from the safety of the shore.
- Rubber rings
Rubber rings are fun and effective flotation aids. However, in the event of an accident in the sea, they can often make a bad situation worse. They can be difficult to remove, which in turn can lead to a panic setting in. More seriously, if a child tips upside down, a rubber ring can make it very difficult for them to right themselves.
- Beach balls
Ball games in the sea are a lot of fun. Dramatic jumps, dives and catches are all part of the game. However, focusing on the ball entirely risks holiday injuries. Keep your eyes fixed on the ball leaves you vulnerable to accidentally jumping into rocks or big swirling waves.
How can I minimise the main dangers of taking inflatables into the sea?
Fortunately, there are a few precautions you can take to stay safe with inflatables in the sea:
- Only swim at beaches with lifeguards and stay between the relevant flags
- Go into the water in groups or ensure plenty of people are around
- Let someone on land know where you are going
Accidents on holiday can be distressing, so remember that help is at hand. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can establish whether you are owed holiday injury compensation.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: April 24, 2017
Author: Accident Advice