Being in Cornwall means wherever you are, you’re not far away from a beach. But as wonderful as it is to spend the day by the coast, it’s important to remember the risks that come with it. Keep these tips from the RNLI in mind the next time you make your way to your favourite beach!
Float to Live
If you’re having difficulty in the water, it can be terrifying and will soon send your body into panic mode. If you’re unable to get out of the water, or have fallen in unexpectedly, lean back and use your arms and legs to float. Wait until you can control your breathing, and then call for help or try swimming to safety.
Visit a lifeguarded beach
Choosing to visit a lifeguarded beach means help is available if it is needed. This doesn’t mean that you should be careless with your choices while in the water, but a trained lifeguard can see dangers developing and will respond instantly to incidents.
Lifeguarded beaches will always have flags to show where it is safe to enter the water. You should stay in between the red and yellow flags if swimming or bodyboarding. For surfing and paddleboarding, stay between the black and white checkered flag. If a red flag is visible, it means the water is too dangerous to enter.
Know the risks
Before heading to the beach, you should know what the risks are. Surrounded by water, it’s important to understand that rip currents, fast-moving tides and cold water shock are a reality. Make sure you visit the RNLI website for advice and information before going to the beach, and it’s worth checking tide times too!
If you or someone you know is in trouble at the beach, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. For more detailed advice visit https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety
Nearby lifeguarded beaches