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Transcript of Beach Safety
Beach Safety in Australia/Queensland
Rip Currents at the beach
Flags to look out for at the beach
Queensland beaches are very famous due to their beautiful coastlines and reefs drawing thousands of visitors.
Many visitors however are unaware of the risks and potential dangers including..
Dangerous marine life
Treacherous rips and gutters
Sunburn which can lead to skin cancer
It is important we are aware of the potential dangers so we can stay safe and learn how to avoid them.
Marine life at the beach can include jelly fish, blue bottle, sea urchins, stone fish. Although they may not all be deadly they can leave a very painful sting.
Definition:A relatively strong, narrow current flowing outwards from the beach through the surf zone and presenting a hazard to swimmers
What is a rip?
When you are at the beach rip currents are one of the most important things to look out for as 40% of drowning deaths are due to rip currents.
signs of a rip
change of water color
Gap in the breaking waves
Water in the rip may be colder than the surrounding water
What to Do
Don't panic stay calm
Don't try to swim against it as it will tire you out
swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current
swim diagonal back to the shore.
Australia Has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.
Effects of skin cancer do not look good.
The most common flags at the beach include...
It is very important we look out for the flags at the beach as they can tell us very important information.
The most important flags at the beach are red and yellow flags these indicate areas that are supervised by lifeguards.
Slip - on a shirt.
Slop - on some sunscreen.
Slap - on a hat.
Seek - some shade.
Slide - on some sunglasses.
Tips to ensure safety from stinger or other marine life.
According to surf life saving Queensland
only swim at stinger enclosures, preferably those that are patrolled and display the red and yellow patrol flags
Never enter the water when beach are closed
Look for and obey all warning signs.
So remember the rules and have fun next time you visit the beach.