A healthy day at the beach
With the best beaches in the world, it’s only natural that we Queenslanders love sand, sea and surf. A day at the beach isn’t just good for the soul, with a tiny bit of planning, it can be good for your health too.
The sea can be unpredictable, but if you stay aware, then it shouldn’t stop you having an amazing visit.
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags and follow the signs.
- Look for rips and stay away from them – half of all beach rescues are rip-related.
- Always keep an eye on your kids.
- Don’t drink alcohol at the beach.
- Keep an eye out for stingers.
- If you need help, don’t panic. Put your hand up, call the lifeguard and conserve your energy.
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When you hit the beach (even on cloudy days), bring a beach umbrella, wear a long-sleeved shirt, apply broad spectrum SPF30 or higher sunscreen to areas of exposed skin, wear a broad-brimmed hat and a pair of sunnies to protect your eyes.
If you have kids, dressing them in a rashie isn’t just great sun safety, it will also help you keep an eye on them and protect them from stingers.
Make sure you apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you hit the beach and set a reminder alarm on your phone to reapply every two hours. When you are in and out of the water sunscreen effectiveness can be reduced, so it is best to reapply as soon as you have dried off. Sunscreen generally lasts two hours under ordinary conditions, but once you hit the water you can expect that to drop to an hour, so don’t forget to reapply.
The elderly and the very young are at the highest risk of dehydration, but we all need to stay hydrated, especially if you’re putting in a longer day at the beach. Remember to pack some water, and drink small amounts regularly throughout your day.
A beach trip doesn’t need to mean lounging around. Go for a swim, go for a walk or a run, play some beach cricket or footy or throw the frisbee around.