Beach Safety

[[Welcome to]] [[Beaches]] [[Beach Safety]]

”’The Sun”’
Don’t forget to slap on the sunscreen and sunhat to avoid sun burn and heatstroke.

[[ImageVC-Tolcarne-lifeguard.jpgleft300pxPhoto of Lifeguard on Tolcarne]]
”’The tides”’
Watch out for beaches like [[Watergate Bay]] and [[Whipsiderry]] where the unawares may get cut off by rising tides. A tide timetable, which can be bought cheaply at a local stationers will keep you informed of high and low tide times. Beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards usually provide these times on a notice board.

”’Rip tides”’
These are strong currents running out to sea that can threaten even the strongest swimmers. Rips are particularly powerful in larger surf and near estuaries such as the [[The Gannel]].

The [[RNLI]] Lifeguards who patrol many of Newquay’s beaches give the following tips to stay safe

Wherever possible, always swim at a lifeguarded beach.
Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them – this area is patrolled by lifeguards.
Never swim alone.
If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard, or, if you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard

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For nearly 80 years Newquay’s Lifeboat station operated an all weather lifeboat until it closed in 1945. After a gap of 20 years the station opened again with an inshore lifeboat and new premises at Newquay Harbour and has carried out a variety of rescues, earning several awards for gallantry.