When holidaying abroad, the temperatures often encourage us to take to the seas for a swim. However, many of us do so with little water safety knowledge. With riptides posing a fatal risk for holidaymakers, it is essential that you understand how to handle the waters; getting out of a rip can be extremely difficult.
While accidents abroad is likely to be the last thing on your mind as you jet off to sunnier climes, getting out of a rip successfully is a lifesaving life skill. After all, if an accident abroad is your fault, it is unlikely that you will even have the cushion of travel accident compensation on your return.
Getting out of a rip
A rip is an unpredictable surface current that goes out to sea from the shore, with the strength to pull objects, and people, with it. Depending on the strength of the current and your swimming ability, getting out of a rip can prove to be quite difficult, at times impossible.
One of the best ways to prevent rip current issues is to avoid them completely. Ask the lifeguard where problem areas are, and be sure not to swim near to them. Remember, rip currents can occur unexpectedly, however, so wising up on getting out of a rip can save your life.
When getting out of a rip:
- Stay calm, don’t panic
- Swim parallel to the shore
- Ride the rip, don’t try to fight against it
- Once the rip has passed, swim safely to shore
Have you been injured on holiday?
If you have suffered an accident on holiday through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation to all victims of personal injury. During this initial consultation, we can determine both where liability may lie and your eligibility to claim travel accident compensation.
Should we mutually decide to progress your claim, rest at home assured that our legal team operate on a 100 per cent no-win, no-fee basis.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
For more information, and to receive your 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, for your convenience.