There’s no better place to be on a hot summer’s day than at the sea side, enjoying the atmosphere with an ice cream cone. If you’d rather jump in the waves than watch them, or if you have a young and excitable family, it’s important to know how to make sure everyone stays safe while having fun. This article will explain the dangers of the sea side, and how to avoid them.
The dangers of the sea side
The primary danger at the sea side is, of course, the sea itself. The ocean can be surprisingly unpredictable, and a calm surface can conceal a powerful undertow. If possible, it’s always best to choose an area that is lifeguarded. Beaches that are fully guarded will have flags in the water to indicate where it is safe to swim, and where to stay away from. Anyone who is in trouble can also simply raise their hand to receive immediate help.
If you do get into trouble in the water, the most important thing to remember is not to panic. Stay calm, and raise your hand to signal the lifeguard. If you become caught in a rip current (a sudden strong current running out to sea), try to swim across, rather than against, it. Keep going until you are beyond the current; you can then swim safely back to shore.
Dropping into the water from a height can be very dangerous and is best avoided. The movement of the tide can mean that even water which looks very deep can be surprisingly shallow at the point of landing. Deep water can also conceal jagged rocks, and the shock of jumping into very cold water can make it difficult to move or swim.
Injuries at the sea side
If you have been injured at the sea side, and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. This includes injuries received due to inadequate signposting in a public and patrolled area, and the negligence of lifeguards or other safety professionals. If you’d like to find out more, give Accident Advice Helpline a call.
We’ll be able to tell you whether or not your claim is likely to be valid, and how much compensation you could possibly receive. Don’t worry about facing a costly trial or going to court: most of these cases can be handled over the telephone, and are always done on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown