(man) You can have a lot of fun

(man) You can have a lot of fun
on the beach,

but it's just all about being aware

and taking the advice of the lifeguards

and making sure that you keep
your family as safe as possible.

It's fun and we always have people,
like, family watching us,

so we know we're safe.

(Nick) The main dangers on the beach
would be rip currents,

which is a body of water
moving out to sea,

which, if you get caught in,
can take you out to sea.

(woman) Out there,
you feel how strong the current is,

so you do to constantly watch
where you are,

because it's really easy
to suddenly look around

and realise you've drifted
kind of quite far out.

(Nick) You've also got the dangers
of the waves.

There's a lot of force behind the waves.
So if you get caught in the wrong place,

they can injure you.

You can get cut off by the tides
quite easily.

We make sure
we have an adult watching us.

If we haven't, we go back
and say, "Can I go in the sea

and can you come and watch us?"
Something like that.

Obviously for the parents,
your children want to go swimming,

it's best to make sure they're
accompanied at all times by an adult.

Don't let them go in the water on their
own. It is a very dangerous environment.

When they're in the sea, their
granddad's always in the sea with them.

(Nick) Also keep an eye on your kids
when they're on the beach.

We get a large number of lost children.

It's easy for a child
to get disorientated.

(woman) The kids can only bathe
between red and yellow flags,

so they stay there,
and the big boys are surfers.

When there's a swell, they go out
between the black and white flags.

The flag system is simple. The red and
yellow is for swimming or body-boarding,

the black and white
if you're learning to surf.

Always keep looking back
to make sure you don't go outside

either the red and yellow
or the black and white flags.

We also have an orange windsock,

which designates that there is
an offshore wind on that day

and you should not take inflatables
in the water.

We also have a red flag,

which means that the beach is unsafe
for entering the water

and on those days
you must not enter the water at all.

If someone's, like, right at the edge
of a cliff, they could jump

because they think it's deep water,
but there could be rocks down there.

Tombstoning is jumping off cliffs
or rocks into the water.

Obviously very dangerous
because with tidal movement,

the depth of the water below you
can change significantly.

Also there can be rocks
which you might not be able to see.

And if you land on those,
you can get significantly hurt.

So the general advice is, don't do it.

In an emergency situation,

the first thing is, obviously,
don't panic.

It's only going to make
your situation worse.

You should keep hold
of any floatation you have,

so if you're body-boarding or surfing,
keep hold of that board

raise your arm into the air
and wait to be rescued.

The lifeguard will come out and get you.

Try and swim at a lifeguarded beach.

You can see a list of all the
lifeguarded beaches on the RNLI website

and there's generally always
a beach near you

that has got lifeguards,
where it's safer to go swimming.