A beach safety expert has issued a warning to Britons heading to the beach ahead of this weekend’s heatwave.
Temperatures are expected to reach 32°C and warm weather across the country.
However, anyone taking a dip in the sea could easily get into trouble.
Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Water Safety Lead, has warned there will be “fewer lifeguards” on the beaches as the high season is over.
He gave advice on how to stay afloat if you get into trouble in the water until you can get to safety.
Chris explained, “Tilt your head back with your ears submerged and try to relax and control your breathing.”
“Use your hands to stay afloat, then call for help or swim to safety if you can.”
However, he also recommends only swimming on beaches with lifeguards and staying between the red and yellow flag areas.
He said there has also been an increase in paddleboard rescues in recent weeks.
Christ added that people should travel with a “buoyancy aid, a waterproof phone case and a board leash” to ensure their safety.
And finally, he explained what to do when caught in a tidal wave — and what mistake everyone makes.
Chris said: “If you find yourself in a fast current the RNLI advises not to swim against it or you will become exhausted.”
“If you can, get up and wade or swim parallel to shore until clear of the surf, then head to shore.”
“Remember Float to Live if you can’t make it back or get too tired.”
Here’s the RNLI’s current advice for anyone swimming:
- Be prepared. Check the weather and tides, choose your spot, go with a buddy, and bring the right gear.
- When in doubt, don’t go out. No matter how hard you prepare or how experienced you are, if swimming doesn’t feel right, there’s no shame in getting out of the water right away or not getting in.
- Make sure you acclimatize to avoid cold water shock.
- Be seen. Wear a colorful swimming cap and let yourself swim.
- stay in your depth
- Float to live.
- Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard in an emergency.
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