is about common sense however if you do not know how to call the coastguard for example then you need to read on, of course this page also lists information about the sun, burns, hydration and facts on the beach and your safety.
If you see someone in trouble on the beach you should go to the lifeguard or bay inspector for help they should be easily visible and able to help. Never try to rescue someone yourself else you could find yourself in trouble.Out of season you should telephone 999 and ask for the coastguard, make sure you know your location.
How to protect yourself from the Sun
- Put sunscreen or lotion as least 30 minutes before you go out.
- Ensure that you use high factor sunscreen, make sure you apply the cream again after bathing unless using a waterproof sunscreen.
- Avoid bathing between 10 am and 2 pm, as the sun is at its most intense
- If you are getting red or sunburned you might want to take a break from bathing and make sure you cover up.
- Make sure that you keep drinking to prevent yourself from getting dehydrated.
- Protect your eyes (sunglasses, or towel over eyes when bathing)
- Lastly remember do not be fooled in to thinking that a cool breeze will stop you burning, it may feel cool but you will still burn.
- After bathing take a cool shower and be sure to wash off any salt water as salt aggravates sore skin.
Children are at higher risk of burning and dehydration
- Ensure that they wear a hat
- Apply lots of sunscreen (high factor)
- Wear sunglasses
- Keep Hydrated (water)
- Stay out of the midday sun
- Cover your childrens shoulders when possible (especially very young children as they cannot sweat)
If after sunbathing you end up burnt
- Aloe Vera after sun cream, this has a lovely cooling effect on the skin and is good to apply every time you come out of the sun.
- Chamomile is renowned for its soothing and regenerating properties.
- Sudocram can help treat sunburnt skin. Its mild anaesthetic properties help to soothe the soreness.
When leaving the beach
- Make sure you gather all you belongings.
- Take your rubbish and dispose of it correctly in bins provided or at home.