Below are the RNLI's top tips to stay safe on the beach:
- Wherever possible, always swim at a lifeguarded beach.
- Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
- When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or body board between them - this area is patrolled by lifeguards. If red flags are shown, the water is not safe to enter.
- Never swim alone.
- If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
- If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard, or, if you can't see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.