With holiday season fast approaching there’s no time like the present to shortlist the hottest beach destinations in the world. Australia has made a name for itself for providing the ultimate beach vacation experience owing to its 50,000 kilometre coastline that encompasses and over 10,000 recognised areas of sandy beaches. That’s more sandy seashores than any other country in the world. So it’s no surprise that more than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast, and that millions of tourists flock in to sample the sun-kissed lifestyle that Byron Bay and many other beautiful spots of beach paradise can offer.
An important part of beach life, whether it is Australia or any other part of the world is safety etiquette. Being out in blistering heat with temperatures way above your usual environment and swimming in oceans that are known to have a strong current requires acting sensible and knowing of the potential hazards. Here are five simple ways to stay safe on a beach in Australia.
- Swim between the red flags
The excitement of swimming in Australia is feeling the crash of the fierce waves against your body. The ocean isn’t always so forgiving, and when the tide becomes to strong to swim in a flag system will be in operation to usher beachgoers to a designated area. The flag system may also be present to separate swimmers from surfers and boating activity.
- Wear sunscreen
Australia has some of the highest cases of of skin cancer in the world, notably in the regions along the east coastline. Not wearing sunscreen when your body is exposed to the hot summer rays is an accident waiting to happen. Not only will you feel the burn tomorrow but your risk of developing skin cancer significantly increases. Better safe than sorry.
- Wear appropriate clothing
Byron Bay and other nearby beaches require holidaymakers to wear a swimsuit at all times. Nudist beaches can be found in areas farther afield, if that is of interest to you! Also ensure that you wear beach shoes to protect the soles of your feet from the hot sand, to avoid a painful aftermath the following day.
- No drinking alcohol
A significant proportion of instances of sunburn and drowning are influenced by alcohol consumption which is why many beaches in Australia enforce a zero alcohol tolerance. A sober beach is also a friendly and happier environment for families and tourists. Remember, no matter which country you are from, a bottle on the beach may put you at risk of a fine.
- Respect the surf culture
Surf schools in Byron Bay operate in designated areas but can often mingle with the public when teaching their pupils how to master riding a surfboard in low tide. Getting hit with a surfboard is a common affair and almost always an accidental occurrence, so give surf groups space when swimming. If you are learning to surf alone also be careful not to get in the way of professional surfers who are riding in on waves. Your inexperience may cause a collision leading to injury.
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