these simple rules to keep safe at the beach and in the sea.
SURF - Waves can knock you
over and hold you under the water.
CURRENTS - Rips
and currents can take you out to sea. Calm water can mean strong currents.
- Rocks can be hidden under water. You can slip, fall and hurt yourself.
- The sun can burn your skin. The cold makes it hard to swim.
Red and Yellow flags - Swimmers
and bodyboarders between these.
Black and White flags - surf craft only between
Red flags - DANGER - No one is allowed
in the sea.
Keep an eye out for other signs and notices.
do it alone
Don't go in the sea on your
Always stay in sight of friends and family on the beach.
how to help if you see someone in trouble
Tell a lifeguard if there
is one, or Dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
use rescue equipment safely.
go into the sea to rescue someone.
rules and safety tips
Follow these rules
whilst surfing and in the water:
Always watch the surf for 10 minutes before
you go in. If it looks too big, stay out!
Whilst surfing, line yourself up
with an object on the shore and keep checking to see if you are drifting.
you get caught in a rip current, paddle diagonally towards the shore, that will
get you out of the current and back to the beach.
Watch out for other people
in front of you and give them plenty of space.
Don't get in front of other
surfers, surf boards hurt!
If 2 people are going for the same wave, the person
closest to where the wave is breaking has the right of way - don't "drop in"!
Keep an eye on fellow surfers and they will keep an eye on you!
go in the sea on an inflatable.
Never undo the leash to your surf or bodyboard
- it will help keep you afloat.
Always listen to the lifeguards.
what times the tides are.
Never jump off rocks into the sea.
Get out of
the water when you start to feel cold.
If you get into trouble, wave your
arm above your head to get help.
The RNLI now
lifeguard the beaches in the North Cornwall District. The lifeguard season runs
from 1st May - 30th September, from 10am-6pm on a daily basis.