We are all aware of the advantages of swimming where lifeguards are present. Yet, if there are no waves and no lifeguards, is it safe to take a dip in the sea?
While many of us at some time in our life will have had a paddle in shallow seawaters where there were no waves and no lifeguards, is it advisable now we are more aware of the dangers? After all, accidents at the beach can be far more severe than simple slips, trips and falls.
Is it safe to swim where there are no waves and no lifeguards?
It is always advisable to swim where there are lifeguards patrolling the shorelines. This ensures that if you do experience an accident in the water, someone is nearby to help and potentially save your life.
If there are no waves and no lifeguards, you may think it is safe to swim, however, you should look out for flags on beaches. These indicate where is safest to swim.
- You should never swim in waters nearby a black and white chequered flag. These are reserved for water sports.
- Red flags indicate unsafe waters. Do not swim where there is a red flag.
- A flying orange sock warns of high winds. Do not use inflatables.
What to do if you go into waters where there are no waves and no lifeguards
It is never really a good idea to swim in seawaters that are not patrolled by lifeguards, regardless of waves or wind levels.
If you do decide to go into waters where there are no waves and no lifeguards, never enter the sea alone. Enjoy the sea in a group and stay vigilant. Look out for dangers and if you feel at all wary, come out of the water immediately. Never swim in the sea after consuming alcohol.
Claiming compensation for holiday accidents
If you have been involved in a holiday accident through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation for the harm you have suffered.
For more information on how to claim travel accident compensation, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice