From Discover Newquay
The Sun Don't forget to slap on the sunscreen and sunhat to avoid sun burn and heatstroke.
The tides Watch out for beaches like Watergate Bay and Whipsiderry where the unawares may get cut off by rising tides. A tide timetable, which can be bought cheaply at a local stationers will keep you informed of high and low tide times. Beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards usually provide these times on a notice board.
Rip tides These are strong currents running out to sea that can threaten even the strongest swimmers. Rips are particularly powerful in larger surf and near estuaries such as the The Gannel.
The RNLI Lifeguards who patrol many of Newquay's beaches give the following tips to stay safe:
- Wherever possible, always swim at a lifeguarded beach.
- Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
- When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them - this area is patrolled by lifeguards.
- Never swim alone.
- If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
- If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard, or, if you can't see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard
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