Summer holidays have begun and we all know what that means: beach time!
Every family loves travelling to the beach for the summer holidays, and when you’re staying at Big 4 Forest Glen, you can guarantee at least one trip to the sandy shores of Mooloolaba, which is just a five minute drive.
But before venturing down to the beach, it’s important to teach your children about water safety and also prepare for what the day has to bring.
Here are our top tips for ensuring you have a safe and fun day at the beach.
When you get to the beach take three minutes with your children and explain your position on the beach, use landmarks, signs or trees. The whole beach can look exactly the same to us all and kids especially can get confused lost.
It is important to tell your kids to go to the lifeguard stand if they can not find you and ensure them they will find help there by a lifeguard.
Read The Signs
Generally, there will be many different types of safety or warning signs at beaches and it is important to understand the differences and most importantly, to obey them:
▪ Yellow warning signs usually feature a symbol showing you what dangers to be aware of;
▪ Red regulatory signs show red circles with a red diagonal line across a black symbol to indicate which activities are prohibited by law;
▪ Green safety signs provide advice such as where to find first aid or emergency equipment.
Swim between the flags
Rips tides and waves can be unpredictable, which is why yellow and red flags are used to show us the safest area in the water to swim.
It’s important to teach your children where it’s safe to swim and how to call for help, if in the unlikely instance they get caught in a rip. A wave in the air is the international signal for help in the water.
If you can see skin, UV can reach it. Try to cover as much skin with cool, loose fitting clothing as you. Choose clothing and baby wraps made from cool, densely woven fabric that isn’t too tight and still allows airflow.
Tops with elbow-length sleeves, and if possible, collars and knee-length or longer style shorts and skirts are best.
For any skin not covered by clothing, apply a generous amount of SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen about 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours.
Take a Beach Umbrella or Shade
The umbrella is unbeatable natural sun protection – sometimes it is challenging to keep in place and thus brings a huge stress to the day. A beach shade is also a great option for younger children or babies, so they can sleep peacefully under cover.
If you can, set up high in the sand under a tree. This way you can maximise the shade around you and it will be cooler as well.
Don’t forget about hydration
Water is a must when it comes to a day on the beach as salt water combined with the sun can really wear you out quickly. Hydration is important for children too, as it will prevent them getting dehydrated and sick.
Always remember Food
Bring lots of food because you do not want to have to leave because you are hungry. The beach is a hungry place – the hunger makes people eat anything that is available – it good time to get in those fruits and vegetables.
Above all, have fun
Truly enjoy the day – a day at the beach makes everyone feel great, so enjoy the sand in your toes and the warmth of the sun.