Due care and attention must be exercised when bathing in open water. This is a very dynamic environment which changes from moment to moment. There may be dangers due to currents, rip tides and irregular wave patterns in the water. There may be dangers due to unevenness underfoot. There may be dangers due to objects in and on the water. Some of these objects such as the Portuguese Man-O-War may be alive and potentially harmful.
Lifeguards place flags on the beach. There are two types of flags – Red flags which indicate danger and Red and Yellow flags which indicate supervised areas. Lifeguards recommend bathing between two Red and Yellow flags as this indicates an area which is being actively monitored by lifeguards.
Beach Safety Tips
- DO follow the advice of the lifeguards who are there to ensure your safety
- DO ask the lifeguards about beach safety
- DO learn to swim
- DO swim in areas with lifeguard(s) on duty
- DO bath between the red and yellow flags
- DO call or wave for help - if you are in trouble
- DO NOT swim alone
- DO NOT FAKE ACTION or calls for help
- DO NOT go into the water after consuming large amounts of alcohol
- DO NOT turn your back to the ocean waves whilst in the water
Treatment For Portuguese Man-O-War
The Portuguese Man-O-War is one of the dangerous marine species that comes to our shores during the period from the month of March to the ending of July on a yearly basis.
It is a purplish/bluish balloon type marine creature that moves and travels with the wind. If one is stung by one of these it is wise to get out of the area immediately. Remove and wash off the tentacles being careful not to rub it into the skin. Treat with ice and rubbing alcohol. Seek medical treatment immediately, depending the severity of the sting or the allergic reaction of the person.