Think about safety first, last and safety always!
When children are introduced to water play in pools or on the beach safety is of critical importance.
SUPERVISE CHILDREN NEAR WATER – ALWAYS!
Supervision without any distractions is the single most important precaution you can take. Children learn by exploring their environment, new adventures are only a few steps away. Parents know from experience how quickly children can do something unexpected.
Proper supervision in and around water means a responsible adult keeping young children in their care both WITHIN SIGHT and WITHIN REACH.
As a parent, caregiver or organizer it is your responsibility to:
- Supervise water time.
- Provide adequate supervision.
- Remind children of the safety rules, and see that the rules are enforced.
- Provide sufficient opportunities for safe, supervised and fun water experiences.
- Alcohol and Supervision do not mix.
Don’t let your guard down at beaches. These open waters are exciting, fun areas for children. But they too are potentially dangerous.
- Closely supervise children yourself – do not leave the task to any lifeguards who might be on duty.
- Never let children swim alone.
- Learn how to read the water at the beach so that you can recognize dangerous places.
- Never allow children to play unsupervised with inflatable toys. These “toys” are not lifesaving devices!
- Do not allow children to dive from heights.
Enjoying the beach should be both safe and fun, especially if you follow a few basic safety tips.
On patrolled & un-patrolled beaches:
- Read and obey the safety signs.
- Listen to advice from Lifeguards. (Patrolled Beaches Link)
- Never swim alone. Always swim under supervision.
- Never swim when tired or cold.
- Know your own limits.
- If in doubt stay out.
- Stay out of the water if Portuguese Man-of-War or Jelly Fish are spotted in your swimming area.
- Learn to recognize rip currents and undertow.
- Always use safety equipment.
- Consider other beach users.
- For all emergencies call 911.
Rip Currents – What is a rip?
Some of our popular South Shore beaches can develop Rip Currents. A rip is a strong current of water running out to sea. Rips are formed by water in the form of waves washing up onto the beach, this water needs to find its way back out to sea. The force of water forms a channel or pathway beyond the break called a rip. View Hazards of a Water Environment
To avoid rips, look our for:
- Sandy Mushroom shaped areas.
- A darker color because the water is deeper.
- A calm rippled surface, generally with smaller waves
- Debris or foam floating on the surface out to sea.
How to Get out of a Rip
If caught in a rip, stay calm. Tread water or float and allow the rip to pull you out. Swim parallel to shore until out of the rip and return to the beach. Or signal for help and wait for a lifesaver to rescue you.
If you make a mistake and get caught in a rip, you can survive if remember.
Stay calm, and float with the current. Swim across it our parallel to the shore not against it.
Raise an arm to signal for help.
Float and wait for assistance.
Undertow or Runback
There are a few beaches in Bermuda that have a very bad undertow, such as Warwick Long Bay and Windsor Beach. An undertow is caused by the angle of the beach near the water’s edge. The steeper the angle of the beach, the stronger the undertow. This can pull a person down and into the next wave. Extra caution should be used on these beaches