Planning the perfect day at the beach for the whole family can feel exhausting, and when you get there all you want to do is relax and switch off. But there are some important things you need to remember to keep your children safe at the beach this summer. Remember that the sea can be unpredictable, be prepared by following these 6 tips.
- First things first it is important to stay calm if anything does happen. On a busy summer day, kids do tend to get lost in the crowd very easily. You need to remember that it’s not your fault and they won’t have gone far. The most important thing you can do is remain calm in a difficult situation.
- Make sure your kids know where they are. When you and your family arrive at the beach make sure to identify your surroundings, are there any noticeable landmarks that you can set up near? Tell your child to keep an eye out for these landmarks so that if the worst happens and your child wanders off, they will be more likely to find their way back. The Red Beach Hut is the perfect landmark as your kids can always remember to head to the only red hut!
- Get a wristband or write your details on their hand. If your child is an explorer it can be hard to keep track of them while they go on an ‘adventure’. This is why we have created Red Beach Hut child wristbands. You can buy them now in our shop and have them ready at the hut for you when you get there. With the hut number on the wristband, if your child is lost and needs help, others can help to guide them back to the right place to find you. Otherwise you could write your details on their hand, just remember that if they spend the day in the sea and sand then this may rub off after time.
- Avoid inflatables. Inflatables may seem like a great idea but perhaps are best saved for the swimming pool rather than the beach. They can easily float out to sea, even if there is only a slight wind. We know that the kids might not like this idea but safety should always come before fun.
- Take a seaside snap! Not just for the memories, taking a snap of the family at the beach when you arrive is a great idea so that in case your child goes missing you know exactly what they are wearing that day which can be very helpful in a search.
- Find or call the lifeguard. If your child does go missing, find or call the coastguard right away. To reach the coastguard call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
It is very unlikely to lose your child. But if you remember these tips then know you are prepared and your family can have a relaxing day at the beach. We want to make sure every day at the beach is a great day at the beach. For more information on have a read of how the RNLI keeps beaches safe and learn more about the Walton and Frinton Lifeboat station located in Walton.
Photo: Supplied by Red Hutter