Help lifesavers prevent drownings

2015-12-09 06:00

THE Lifesaving Association of KZN South reminds holidaymakers about a few points to ensure a safe day at the beach.

• Only swim between the red and yellow flags – this indicates a safe bathing area patrolled by lifeguards.

• No flags means no swimming.

• Always obey Warning Signs and Lifeguards Instructions, they are there to protect you.

• Rip currents are found on any beach with waves. The best way to avoid them is to always swim between the red and yellow flags.

• If in difficulty, raise a hand above your head, do not panic and conserve your energy. Help will arrive.

• Take precautions for the heat and sun.

• Marine stings of which blue bottles is common with north-west winds, pack antihistamine ointment or burn shield with your sun screen.

• Alcohol abuse is known to be the prime cause of aquatic and/or drowning disasters. Swimming and alcohol do not mix.

Respect the water and the environment.

Voluntary lifesaving clubs’ aim is maintaining effective beach patrols on Sundays and public holidays and promote drowning prevention.

For any further details, contact the chairman, Mickey Thompson on 082 784 2996 or email or the public relations and publicity officer, Henk Lotz on 072 123 3464 or email
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