Australia has more than 30,000 kilometers of coastline, leaving travelers spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches!
Each year, more than 10,000 people are rescued from life-threatening situations. To make sure that you’re not one of those people, always stay between the red and yellow flags located on each beach in Australia that is patrolled.
Even when swimming between the flags you have to remember that there may still be large waves, uneven water depths and other natural hazards that you may not be aware of. Rip tides are one of the biggest dangers faced by swimmers. if you get caught in a rip, stay calm, conserve your energy and consider the following options:
- Raise your arm and try to make it clear that you are signalling for help, call out loudly while you are doing this.
- Float with the current, it may take you back to a shallow sandbank.
- Try and swim parallel to the beach, this may help you to break out of the rip current.
There are five common ways to identify a rip current which are as follows:
- Deeper, darker-colored water.
- Fewer breaking waves.
- Ripples on the water surrounded by smoother water.
- Debris or seaweed floating seaward.
- Foamy or discolored sandy water extending beyond the waves.
It’s important to read the beach safety signs as they will also let you know if there are any permanent or occasional hazards that you should be aware of.
Beaches aren’t the only places where you should read and obey the warning signs. Rivers, freshwater lagoons, rock pools, lakes and creeks all present their own dangers. if you are unsure of the depth of the water, don’t dive in, its mainly common sense! In northern Australia, be especially careful of crocodiles. Always look for the warning signs!
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