Why inflatables are not good for the seaside!

Every Summer RNLI and HM Coastguard Rescue Teams are called out to people who have been swept out to sea on inflatables which are inherently not designed for the sea environment.  Recently there has been an increase in their popularity due to the men’s and ladies England football teams posing with unicorn inflatables at an indoor pool.

The RNLI’s safety advice if you do use them in the sea:

  • ensure children are closely supervised
  • keep near the shore
  • only use between the red and yellow beach flags
  • follow the lifeguard’s advice
  • do not take inflatables out in big waves
  • never use them when the orange windsock is flying, as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea
  • if you do get into difficulty, then stay with your inflatable as it will keep you above the water.

More useful safety links

Find your nearest lifeguarded beach

Inflatables safety advice – Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

RLSS – water safety at the beach – top 10 safety tips

Acknowledgements to RNLI, RoSPA and RLSS