Sea swimming in a beautiful warm, clear blue sea is a dream way to spend a holiday afternoon, just letting the waves bob you up and down and wash away your cares. Snorkelling is fun, or scuba diving, if you have had the appropriate training, can take you deeper and in some destinations you will have a treat in store. It is important to make sure of a few safety issues before venturing out from the beach and although they may sound a bit picky, they might save your life.
- Watch for warning flags – currents can sweep you away in an instant and are not always visible on the surface. If a red flag is flying on a beach, this means No Swimming. It is not there to spoil your fun, but to warn you, so don’t ignore it.
- Don’t go out of your depth – infrequent swimmers often have inflated ideas of their own competence and take risks. Water is a killer and should be treated with respect.
- Tell someone where you are – this sounds obvious but it is amazing how many people simply disappear off beaches every year and no one knows where they are.
- Don’t use inflatables if you can’t swim – it’s tempting, but far too dangerous, so don’t do it.
I was injured when swimming – do I have a case for compensation?
No one wants to stop people having fun on holiday and it would be a dull world if everyone was policed at every moment but it is also a fact that sometimes people let boisterous behaviour go too far and people can get hurt. If you are hurt whilst on holiday by someone else’s irresponsible behaviour, you may well have a strong case for compensation. Our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to look at your case and help you to pursue it if they consider it valid. There is no need to worry about any up-front fees because we work on a no win no fee* basis.
Can you make a claim?
Before you call, you may wish to consider the following:
- Was the accident your fault? Even if you were taking part in any horseplay, you may still have a case if someone else’s behaviour was flagged up by you as dangerous before the incident.
- When did the accident happen? It needs to be within the last three years.
- Did you seek medical advice at the time? As long as you went to a doctor or hospital in a short while about the specific injury, that is adequate.
Date Published: March 24, 2014
Author: David Brown