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6 Things to know about Australian Beaches Feb 09

Beaches are one of the most attractive features of Australia. Every tourist wants to visit and swim at world famous beach resorts. However, few visitors realise that there are some important facts that should be known before going to a beach. Travel insurance is necessary for everybody intending to swim, in case of accident. It is also best to stay in local accommodation such as serviced apartments. Sydney apartments will have concierges who will advise visitors on safe beach practices.

Australian Beaches

Some basic tips for visiting Australian beaches are:

  • Swim between the flags
  • Be careful of rips
  • Read signs for information
  • Beware of blue bottles
  • Be sun aware
  • Know shark safety
  1. Swim between the flags

It is important for visitors to swim at patrolled beaches. Patrolled beaches are those that have life guards who watch the swimmers. Beaches that have life savers or life guards will have red and yellow flags on the sand. These flags show safe areas for swimming. Many international visitors get into trouble whilst swimming because they fail to swim between the flags. People who wish to surf should use special surfing areas.

  1. Be careful of rips

Rips are waves which are not breaking smoothly onto the sand. The rip is an undertow of water which will drag a swimmer out to sea if they are caught in it. If caught in a rip the solution is to swim parallel to the beach. This will help the swimmer escape.

  1. Read signs for information

Often beaches will have warning signs. Some may warn of deadly stingers or other dangers. It is important to read these signs and follow their directions. If the flags are crossed at a beach, it means the beach is closed. This is due to either bad wave conditions or dangerous sea creatures. Never swim at a beach if it is closed.

  1. Blue bottles

Blue bottles are stinging sea creatures which cause a painful welt on the body. The creatures are blue in colour and easily spied along the beach. Some people can have bad allergic reactions to a blue bottle sting and need hospitalisation. Most will get a sharp pain for a short period of time. If blue bottles are present at a beach it is better not to swim. However, if stung by a blue bottle the solution is to apply very hot water or ice to the affected area.

  1. Be sun aware

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. This is due to high UV radiation at all times of the year. When visiting the beach basic sun precaution is necessary. Wear a hat, wear a shirt and use copious amounts of sun screen to protect exposed areas from the sun. Sunburn can lead to sun stroke which is a serious illness. Remaining hydrated whilst at the beach is also important. Drink plenty of water if intending to spend a long period of time at the beach.

  1. Shark safety

Shark attacks are very rare at patrolled beaches. It is important however to be aware that if a shark is sighted a siren or alarm will sound and everybody will leave the water. The key is to leave the water in an orderly fashion. After people have left the water the life savers will chase the shark from the swimming area.

Swimming at Australian beaches is a fun pastime with little danger if warnings are heeded and precautions taken. A swim on a hot summer’s day can be a perfect way to spend a holiday. Basic travel insurance will cover emergencies and local information can be obtained from concierges at serviced apartments. Sydney and Brisbane have many famous beaches which provide fun and safe activities to thousands of people every year.

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