Whether you're heading off on holidays or staying at home, the beach is one of those places that you are guaranteed to visit at least once this summer.
However, while it is truly a wonderful way to wile away an afternoon, it can be a dangerous place if you aren't careful.
Make sure you take note of the following seven points to enjoy safe fun on the beach.
1. Apply suncream
And don’t forget to reapply it every two hours or more if in and out of the water.
2. Don’t let kids swim unsupervised
No matter how strong they may be in the local pool, a riptide will pull them out to sea in the blink of an eye – if caught in one swim horizontally along the beach.
3. Only swim between the flags
Lifeguards prop the flags up for a reason – don’t disobey them by swimming in areas that they cannot see you.
4. Read all warning signs
Even if you have been to this particular beach a million times before, you should always take notice of signs.You never know what may have changed since the last time you were there.
5. Seek shade
Pop an umbrella under your arm or rent one if available – they will provide protection from the sun and act as a visual if your kids wander off.
6. Watch out for jellyfish or other sea life
Pop a pair of flip flops on your kids’ feet even when paddling in case they end up accidently stepping on a jellyfish or crab.
7. Bring plenty of water
Stock up on plenty of water for the whole family – the heat can cause dehydration fairly quickly and that’s the last thing you want!