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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can you get stung by coral?

    If you’ve been wondering if you can get stung by coral, the answer is yes. Most coral species are harmless and most people will go through their lives without ever being injured by them. However, some coral can cause grazes, cuts and stings. The fire coral, in particular, is known for its painful sting. If….

    Accidents at the arcade

    Are you ready to find out more about claiming compensation for accidents at the arcade? Amusement arcades at the seaside and inland locations can be incredibly fun, even when you’re not attempting to win money, and most visits to them are accident and injury-free. However, help is at hand if you have come to harm….

    Body surfing in Brighton

    Body surfing in Brighton and other coastal areas has become more popular over recent years. The practice involves riding waves without bodyboards and surfboards, though swim fins are normally used to keep surfers upright and enable them to ride, catch and kick out of waves. It’s essential that body surfers are able to exit waves….

    The dangers of walking on coastal piers

    The weather is finally improving, and on sunny days, there’s nothing more tempting than the lure of crashing waves and golden beaches. Walking on coastal piers, making sandcastles and splashing around in the sea may seem an ideal use of your time, but there are dangers lurking. If you’re planning a day at the seaside,….

    The dangers of wearing earplugs when swimming in the sea

    When you go swimming, you may notice that some swimmers wear earplugs and caps. Earplugs may be worn to prevent infections and conditions like swimmer’s ear; however, it’s not always a good idea to use earplugs. Wearing earplugs when swimming in the sea, for example, could be dangerous. The dangers of wearing earplugs when swimming….

    The dangers of getting hit by your own board when surfing

    Getting hit by your own board when surfing can have serious, catastrophic, even tragic consequences. Surfing accidents are common safety hazards for holidays at the beach. Taking the right safety precautions can ensure your surfing holiday stays memorable for all the right reasons. What are the main dangers of getting hit by your own board….

    Dangers of low tide

    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….

    Why you should never drink alcohol on the beach

    Has the sunshine got you dreaming of barbecues and days at the beach? If so, you may be toying with the idea of taking some food and a few cool drinks to the seaside with you. While it’s advisable to stay hydrated, you should never drink alcohol on the beach. Beach parties may seem like….

    How to safely store personal items when surfing

    Working out how to store personal items when surfing or in the sea for any other reason can be tough. If you don’t have a friend with you who can look after your belongings whilst you’re in the water, you may be very concerned indeed about keeping your possession safe from thieves. Where to store personal….

    Dangers of walking on hot sand when on holiday

    There are numerous associated dangers of walking on hot sand. Failure to take heed of them can quickly result in a painful injury on holiday and a ruined trip. Of course, residents of Britain are not exactly used to dealing with the challenge of hot sand. No matter how good the weather gets, the sands on….

    Should kites be banned at the seaside?

    Should kites be banned at the seaside? Kites may seem harmless, but they have been the cause of significant accidents and injuries over the years. In 2011, East Riding Council even took the step of banning people from flying kites at the beach, imposing fines on those that were caught disobeying the order. The bylaws….

    Hidden dangers of beach umbrellas

    It’s that time of year again when we long for a glimpse of the sunshine so that we can make the most of the glorious British coastline. When you’re one of those people who is always ready to hit the beach when the sun shines at the weekend, you probably have all the gear ready….

    Why you should always swim within the flags

    Visiting the beach and swimming in the sea are highly popular summer activities for many British families. Care is, however advised when taking to the water and you should always seek out lifeguarded beaches and swim within the flags provided on these. There are good reasons for this. Why you should always swim within the….

    Understanding British tidal currents

    Understanding British tidal currents goes a long way towards preventing accidents while swimming in the sea. British tides Caused by the earth’s rotation, the moon and the sun, tides cause sea levels to fall and rise. Tides on British beaches go out and come back in again twice a day. This, of course, means that….

    Common beach holiday accidents

    When talking about common beach holiday accidents most people will first of all think of drowning or near-drowning accidents. In reality, the most common beach holiday accidents are slips, trips and falls, followed, in no particular order, by: Sporting accidents Transport-related accidents Food poisoning infections Hotel fires Slips, falls and trips Injuries by slipping, tripping or falling are by….

    Extra responsibilities for a lifeguard at a public beach

    Lifeguards play a valuable role in protecting the public at swimming pools and beaches all over the country. If you’’re a lifeguard, you are responsible for monitoring what’’s going on at the swimming pool and keeping an eye on swimmers, and sea conditions if you’’re working at the beach. If you take on a job….

    Avoiding infection if you cut your foot on the beach

    Slips, trips and falls on the beach are fairly common accidents, which is understandable given the sandy grounding. In addition to these common trips and falls, sharp shells and other debris on the beach can cause you to cut your foot. If you do cut your foot on the beach, whether in the UK or abroad, it is important to….

    3 common beach hazards and how to minimise them

    Some of the most common beach hazards likely to mar, if not completely ruin, your beach holiday include: Drowning or near-drowning accidents Injuries by dangerous sea creatures Sunburn and heat stroke The following provides brief suggestions on how to minimise the risk posed by these common beach hazards. Drowning or near drowning The risk of near-drowning and drowning incidents is….

    How can you tell if a place is safe to swim at?

    Spending time on unfamiliar beaches often makes it difficult to determine where it is safe to swim. Fortunately, most good beaches are patrolled by lifeguards, which means there will be flags telling you where it is safe to swim and when or where it is not safe to enter the water. Where it is safe to swim While….

    What to do if you’re stuck in a very strong current

    Strong currents at the beach are usually referred to as a riptide or a rip current. When you find yourself stuck in a very strong current in the seawater, following a few simple steps can minimise your risk of injury. If you do intend to go into seawaters during your holiday, it is important that you know how to….

    Tips for getting out of a rip

    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….

    Are some beaches safer than others?

    You would be forgiven for thinking that all beaches are equally safe, however, there is truth in the statement that some beaches safer than others. While slips, trips and falls can occur whichever beach you head to, more severe issues can cause myriad beach accidents of varying severity. Knowing that some beaches safer than others is integral to minimising seaside….

    Are different oceans more dangerous to swim in?

    Before answering the question ‘Are different oceans more dangerous to swim in than others?’, it may help to take a look at what makes oceans different in the first place. The differences between oceans Some of the main differences between oceans that will help to determine an answer to the question ‘Are different oceans more dangerous to swim in….

    5 dangerous beaches to swim at in the UK

    When considering some of the most dangerous beaches to swim at, we often think of shark-infested waters. Yet, the UK is actually home to some of the dirtiest beaches in the world, making them some of the most dangerous beaches to swim at. While slips, trips and falls can occur at any beach anywhere in the world, these dirtiest,….

    Inflatable lilos and the dangers they pose

    Inflatable lilos are a fairly common sight on beaches around the world. Unfortunately, while inflatable lilos can be fun by the pool, they can be very dangerous when used on the sea. The dangers of inflatable lilos The trouble with inflatable lilos is that they are, by their very essence, exceptionally light. As such, they are easily carried out to….

    No waves and no lifeguards, is the beach safe?

    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,….

    How not to get caught by a rapidly incoming tide

    If you’’re dreaming of beach days, sunbathing and splashing around in the sea, you probably don’t want to think about the possibility of travel accidents. The beach is paradise for many of us, but it can be a dangerous place. Powerful currents, sea creatures and a rapidly incoming tide can all make the seaside the scene….

    Common injuries whilst surfing

    Surfing may look like a comparatively easy and safe water sport to participate in. In reality, however, dealing with waves and finely tuned surfing boards, as well as rocks, reefs, hard seafloors and all sorts of other risks means injuries whilst surfing are fairly common. Common injuries whilst surfing The most common injuries while surfing include: Lacerations, especially to….

    Are there any poisonous fish?

    The question whether there are any poisonous fish can be answered with a resounding ‘yes’. There are, in fact, many different species of poisonous fish in oceans and rivers all over the world. Whether you are swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving in the sea, there is therefore always a chance that you may come across a poisonous fish of some….

    5 tips to keep safe whilst swimming in the surf

    Swimming in the surf is an entirely different challenge to swimming in calm waters. While other freshwater bodies, such as lakes, may present their own challenges, swimming in the surf of the sea is an activity not for the faint-hearted. If you decide to give swimming in the surf a go during your holiday, it….

    Why not to go in the sea when you’re drunk

    When on holiday, it is not uncommon to indulge in a few more alcoholic beverages than you would usually consume. That combined with seawater and swimming pools create a cocktail for travel accident compensation claims. With that in mind, it is important to know the dangers associated with swimming after drinking alcohol, and why not….

    What to do if you start drifting out to sea

    If you’ve been swimming or you’ve hired a boat and you find yourself cut off from the shore, these basic survival tips will help. Here are some tips to prevent travel accidents and help you decide what to do if you start drifting out to sea. What to do if you start drifting out to sea….

    The difference: swimming in fresh water or salt water

    ContentsWhy swimming in fresh water is harderDangers of swimming in salt waterDangers of swimming in fresh waterUnfortunate eventsThe main difference between swimming in fresh water and swimming in salt water is that swimming or, to be more precise, floating, in salt water is basically easier than swimming in fresh water. Here is why. Why swimming….

    How to treat a jellyfish sting

    The first step in treating a jellyfish sting is to remove any remaining tentacles with tweezers or a clean stick. If possible, wear gloves while doing this. Next, remove any small poisonous sacs (nematocysts) that may be stuck to the skin. You can use a credit card, razor blade or even a shell to do….

    5 times when it’s not safe to go in the sea

    Whether you are taking a break on British shores or planning to travel to exotic beaches, there is always a chance that there will be times when it is not safe to go in the sea. It is therefore recommended to always seek out beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards. Here, any potential risks and….

    5 dangers of swimming in the dark

    ContentsDangers of swimming in the darkStaying safe when swimming abroadClaiming compensation for travel accidentsIf you’re jetting off on holiday, the last thing you want to think about is travel accidents. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes impossible to avoid accidents. In other cases, accidents abroad could be prevented by applying a little caution, especially when swimming in the….

    5 dangers you should be aware of when surfing

    Surfing is a popular holiday activity. Whether you’re a seasoned pro hoping for massive waves, or a novice aiming to stand up for the first time, it’s wise to take potential dangers into consideration. Here are five dangers you should be aware of when surfing to reduce the risk of travel accidents. 5 dangers you….

    Dangerous beach products parents should avoid

    Three of the most dangerous beach products parents should definitely avoid buying for their children if they wish to prevent beach accidents are inflatables such as small rubber dinghies, lilos, and novelty inflatable toys While these products can be great fun, they are also easily swept out to sea even if there is only a….

    5 beach safe products you wish you had bought

    You may have packed your swimming gear and your kaftan, but have you thought outside of the box and considered some additional beach safe products? While beach safe products may not save you from an accident abroad, they can add a touch of luxury or convenience to your holiday. So forget about any travel accident….

    What are the most common accidents when sailing?

    Strange as it may seem, it appears that the most common accidents when sailing are slips, trips and falls, closely followed by being hit by objects. Causes of these common accidents when sailing Slips and trips are usually caused by wet or cluttered surfaces. Injuries by falling overboard, near-drownings and drownings are often the result….

    What are the most dangerous types of coral?

    While the vast majority of coral species are basically harmless and personal injuries during encounters with varying species are rare at best, as well as typically consisting of minor grazes or cuts, one type of coral, namely fire coral, can deliver quite a nasty sting. Fire coral There are currently believed to be at least….

    Treating extreme sunburn

    Sunburn not only hurts, blisters and peels, it also inflicts wrinkle-inducing damage to your skin. What really makes it a bad idea to get a sunburn, however, is the fact that it significantly increases your chances of developing melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer. Treating extreme sunburn Sunburn is completely preventable with the help….

    Survivor guide: Scuba diving

    Scuba diving is a popular sport enjoyed both in England and abroad. One of the most popular times to enjoy this sport is whilst on holiday. However, like all sports there are potential risks involved and travel accidents can happen whilst taking part in this pastime. Here is our survival guide. Always be alert to….

    Five most common beach injuries

    ContentsCommon beach injuries and illnessesClaiming for your accident on holidayAccident Advice HelplineFor many, there is nothing as relaxing as spending a week or two soaking up the rays on an exotic palm-fringed beach. While many like to steer clear of holiday-related accidents and stick to the loungers with their holiday read, there are a number….

    What to do when you get stung by a jellyfish

    When you are stung by a jellyfish, it can be extremely painful and sometimes dangerous; they rarely kill, but the barbs that are released and hook into your skin contain venom and leave a rash and can sometimes cause illness. If you are injured on holiday as the result of an accident then you can claim….

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