Childcare in Coolum Beach: Beach Safety for Kids
Updated: Jan 7, 2019
In our coastal area, we believe that it is very important to begin teaching children about water safety from a young age. As we move into the warmer months, we are all looking forward to plenty of summer days spent relaxing on the beach! We have put together some pointers to help you make sure your children stay safe at the beach.
1. Learning to Swim
For children living in coastal areas like Coolum, swimming lessons are a must! Surf lifesaving is also an excellent option (if they are old enough). These extracurricular activities will help your children to become strong swimmers and teach beach safety skills like recognising rips and swimming in the surf.
2. Where to Swim
We are very lucky to have a patrolled beach in our very own suburb! It is important to bear in mind that not all beaches are patrolled. Beaches where there are lifeguards and rescue crews keeping an eye on beach goers are best places for children to swim.
At patrolled beaches, the safest area is marked with red and yellow flags – always make sure your children are swimming between the flags!
3. When to Swim
Always avoid the beach around dusk, and never swim after dark. Poor visibility at these times means that no one can see you if you need help.
Another thing to bear in mind is that between 11 AM and 1 PM is generally the hottest part of the day. You might choose to plan your beach trip around these times. Whatever time you decide to go, always remember sunscreen, a hat, and a sleeved shirt for your child and try to choose a shady area to set up.
As a child care centre in Coolum, we regularly host incursions from the Surf Lifesavers, and the children always enjoy learning about beach safety. We wish all families a wonderful, safe summer!