Beach Safety for Kids: Stay Safe on Holiday
Aside from jumping in the pool, trips to the beach are one of the most exciting features of a family holiday for young children. After all, we all remember that magical feeling of being a kid on vacation, knowing it wouldn’t be long before you had sand between your toes, sea salt in your lungs, and spotting fishes in the sea! Visiting the seaside in your chosen holiday destination provides an experience you just can’t recreate in a pool, and is a great way to explore the local area.
However – and not to put a dampener on things – visiting the beach is also one of the more hazardous holiday activities you and your children can partake in. At the beach you’ll need to be extra alert and careful, perhaps even more-so than at the pool. Fret not though, for we at Child Friendly Villas Direct have got you covered; keep reading for the ultimate list of beach safety tips for children, allowing you to keep your little ones as safe as possible, without compromising any of the fun!
1. Always Stay Vigilant
It may seem obvious, but on a foreign beach especially, which can be large and filled with few English-speakers, you need to make sure that you absolutely do not lose sight of your child. Likewise, never let them swim alone, no matter how strong their swimming skills are. Even when waters look calm, strong currents, jellyfish and worse can still be present. Read up on what to do in the event of rip currents beforehand, and perhaps have jellyfish sting cream on hand. Being vigilant doesn’t mean enjoying your time at the beach any less however – simply make sure that you always have eyes on your little ones!
2. Practice Sun Safety
Whilst sun safety is always important wherever you are, it’s absolutely paramount when taking children to the beach. Most beaches have little shade, whilst the light reflecting from the ocean amplifies the power of the sun’s rays, in turn greatly increasing your chances of burning. Ample sun protection is therefore a vital part of beach safety for kids. Apply and reapply suncream periodically throughout the day, keep stocked up on drinking water, take your own beach umbrella if possible, and have plenty of hats, glasses and cover ups at the ready.
3. Invest In Sea Shoes
Whilst it’s easy to focus on the more obvious beach safety issues, such as too much sun and rough sea tides, one thing that’s rather easy to forget is a good pair of sea shoes. Some foreign beaches are shingle beaches, which can cause cuts and bruises to unprotected feet, whilst both shingle and sandy beaches can cause burns in hot weather. Wearing sea shoes prevents all of the above, and as they tend to come in the brightest array of colours, provide one more holiday aspect for your children to get excited about!
4. Pick A Beach With A Lifeguard, And Observe The Rules
One of the most effective ways to ensure maximum beach safety for children is to only visit life-guarded beaches. Do some research on the beaches in your area prior to your trip, and suss out those which have lifeguards. Attending a life-guarded beach means you can rest assured there will always be someone around if you need them. You’ll also be alerted to any current safety issues, and know exactly when and where is safe to swim.
Leading on from this, make sure to always follow the rules the life-guard presents. After all, they’re there for a reason! Observe and abide by the signs and flags on display, and make sure you and your kids only swim in designated areas. If you’ll be partaking in water sports, read up on bodyboarding safety rules and, for the more adventurous, surfing safety rules beforehand, and relay these to your little ones.
5. Keep Organised, And Have The essentials On You
The secret to ensuring perfect beach safety for your kids is to be as prepared as possible. Make sure to have all the emergency essentials on you, including the aforementioned sun and jellyfish sting cream, as well as extra snacks, water, a mini first aid kit, map, and phrasebook/quick translation guide. Have the local emergency numbers saved in your phone, and scope out the lifeguard or nearest place to request assistance as soon as you arrive at the beach. As many beaches are remote, check bus times and weather conditions in advance.
Follow the above rules to keep you and your little ones safe on your next beach holiday, allowing you all to create memories that’ll last a lifetime! If you’re headed somewhere with a pool, make sure to also read our swimming pool safety guide; it may surprise you to know there are additional safety features to consider when stepping away from the salt water and into the chlorine!
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