Water Safety in Australia
Australia is one of the best aquatic playgrounds in the world with more than 12,000 beaches. This country has some of the world’s best surfing and swimming spots.
It is important to understand that within this beauty there lies some danger. Please read the following safety recommendations to help you come out of the water and make it home safely.
Here are some safety recommendations for spending a fun day at the beach.
• Swim between the red and yellow flags located near the water.
• Always listen to the lifeguard’s and surf lifesaver’s instructions.
• Never swim alone, always swim with a friend or another family member.
• Never swim under the influence of alcohol!
Remember- No flags No swim
What about jellyfish?
Jellyfish stings are common and can be found across most Australian beaches. A sting occurs when a jellyfish’s tentacle touches a person’s skin. In northern Australian tropical waters, contact with box jellyfish can cause a dangerous reaction. Saying this, the most common type of jellyfish sting comes from bluebottles, which are found all across the Australian coastline. These stings can be quite painful, but it’s rare to have them develop into anything life threatening. Avoid swimming in areas where warning signs about jellyfish are displayed and if you get stung, seek help from the lifeguard. Please make sure to contact your local doctor If the pain intensifies or any other symptoms arise. In case of any box jellyfish stings, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
Protect your Skin
It is important to try to get the maximum sun protection at the beach. First, protect your skin by wearing sun protective clothing and remember that not all clothing is sun resistant. Some clothing have an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), which is a rating of how much UV protection a fabric provides. Second, use sunscreen: apply SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen to all skin not covered by clothing. Third, try to stay out of direct sunlight.
We can help you with that 😊 Make sure to pack your OZoola sunshade and set it up in the right angle to provide the maximum shaded area. If you’re not in the water, always stay under your OZoola sunshade to prevent skin damage, stay sun-smart and enjoy your outdoor activities.