This weekend (31st Aug and 1st Sept) sees the last two days that lifeguards will be patrolling Thanet’s beaches before they shut down for the winter period. If you are thinking of making the most of the last weekend before the children go back to school or perhaps grabbing that last minute break to the coast then here are some top tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  1. Visit a lifeguarded beach and chat to the lifeguard for essential safety information

Beach Safety Flags

2.  Know your beach flags and take on board the advice

  3.  Read any warning signs when you arrive at the beach and heed the advice at all times

4.  Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from the shore.

  • Don’t try to swim against it or you’ll get exhausted.
  • If you can stand, wade don’t swim.
  • If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore.
  • Always raise your hand and shout for help.

5.  Always carry a ‘calling for help device’ whatever activity you are undertaking so that you can summon help straight away as every second counts.

6.  If you fall into the water unexpectedly or get into difficulty in the water float for your life

7.  Keep inflatables for the pool.  More information on inflatables

8. If you should hear or see an animal or person in the water in difficulty, don’t go in after them call ‘999’ or 112′ and ask for the Coastguard at the Coast.  If there is any rescue equipment nearby such as a throwline or life buoy try to throw this to the person in the water without putting yourself in danger.  More information on what to do if you saw someone in difficulty in the water

9. Whatever water related activity you are taking part in always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.  Lifejackets are useless unless worn!

10.  Do you remember the 5 top tips to help keep your children safe at the beach? The above is a reminder.

We look forward to seeing the lifeguards patrolling the beaches again next Summer.

Other useful links:

Wrist bands – know how to relocate your lost child

Know who to call for a coastal emergency

Our ultimate guide to finding a lifeguarded beach in Thanet

Acknowledgements:

J Homer

RNLI


Andy Mills

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer Striving to reduce accidental drownings by 50% by 2024 by spreading key safety messages to Thanet communities and its visitors.