If you’re heading to the coast, take a look at our advice and tips to help you have fun and stay safe.
Tide times and heights vary throughout the month and can easily catch you out if you haven’t checked them.
Getting cut off by the tide also contributes to a significant number of RNLI rescues every year.
Because tide times and heights vary throughout the month, a beach that was clear yesterday at 5pm might be completely covered in sea at the same time today.
Tides have a reputation for being unpredictable, but really they follow a timetable more reliable than most trains! There are two different types: spring and neap.
Spring tides have greater depth range between high and low water, so at high tide the water comes in further up the beach.
Neap tides have less variation, so at high tide the water won't come in as far.
To avoid getting cut off by the tide:
A beach can seem like a vast playground but the tide can come in surprisingly quickly.
As the tide moves up and down the beach, the depth of the water changes throughout the day, sometimes by as much as 10 metres.
As the tide comes in, simply walking further up the beach and away to safety might not be an option.
If you've walked round to another cove at low tide, or walked around an outcrop of rocks, the water can soon block your way back as the tide turns. If the cove you're in doesn't have steps or access of its own, you could be in trouble.
You can find out more information about tides in your area through tide tables, apps, weather news or local websites.
Ports of Jersey: https://www.ports.je/tides/
Government of Jersey: https://www.gov.je/weather/Pages/Tides.aspx