Did you know that swimming can benefit your physical and mental health? If you travel to Australia, make sure you go for a swim.
If you want tips on how to swim safely on the Australian coastline, we can help. In this guide, we’ll go over beach safety tips.
Want to learn more? Keep reading.
Go to Patrolled Beaches
The safest beaches are the ones that get patrolled by surf lifesavers and lifeguards. Research and find out what beaches are patrolled near you.
Make sure you follow some basic safety guidelines when you head to the beach.
Don’t swim alone. Instead, go for a swim with a friend or relative. Don’t swim after eating a big meal or after drinking alcohol.
Watch the Ocean First
Before you go swimming, you’ll want to watch the water for a couple of minutes. Watch how the waves roll in and out. Avoid areas where the waves aren’t breaking.
Notice where other swimmers are swimming. Check out that area.
Look Out for Jellyfish
If you end up getting stung by a jellyfish, try and remain calm. You will notice the sting right away. The sting could last for 30 minutes, and some people notice the pain travels to their lymph nodes.
To get rid of the stingers:
- Use the tips of your fingers and scrape them off your skin.
- Don’t touch your skin or face because the stinger could still be on your finger.
- Make sure you get a warm shower and rinse the stings.
How Do You Spot a Rip Current?
Rip currents get formed when the water that comes into the beach needs to go back out to the ocean. As the water heads back to the sea, it will create a channel. Even strong swimmers will struggle in the rip current.
The water in a rip looks darker because it’s a lot deeper. If you get caught in a rip, try and stay calm. Float on the water, so you save some energy.
Raise a hand in the air, so you can let someone know you’re in trouble. Use your stronger arm as a paddle, and with your legs, keep yourself afloat until the help arrives.
Record the Lifeguard’s Cell Number
When you go to the patrolled beach, you’ll want to make sure you have the lifeguards’ telephone number.
This way, if you saw anything dangerous, or someone in need, you can call the lifeguard right away.
Make sure you pack plenty of swimming accessories. Check out this swimming gear guide.
Now You Know How to Swim Safely in Australia
We hope this guide on swimming in Australia was helpful. Swim safely with these tips. Look for a beach that gets patrolled by lifeguards.
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