Water bottle? -Check!
All set! Welcome aboard to Australia’s crystal clear water and ultra white sands! But wait, before you go diving to the sea, have you checked the beach safety rules? -Wait. What are those?
A lot of international students get caught up with the excitement of swimming that plenty tends to neglect the rules. As advocates towards safety, the Exchangr team is here to remind you about things to watch out for at Australian beaches.
Stay safe, so as your belongings. Keep your things secured before you head out the sea. It’s never good to come back to the shore realizing you’ve lost your wallet and other valuables.
Watch out for lurking lethal creatures. By no surprise, Australia is also home to both lethal and non-lethal marine stingers but before you cancel your swimming plans, the Exchangr is here to help you spot one. First, read signs! If a beach is closed, don’t rebel as it isn’t closed for no reason. Next, stay away from anything bright blue along the shoreline – they are probably Bluebottles. Though they appear really cute and tempting to pick up, these small jellyfishes painfully stings!
And lurking large creatures, too! Not only are they scary-looking, they are indeed very fatal as well. Sharks are a main threat to swimmers that is why you really should not stray too far and unseen. It’s always best to have help at bay.
Life guard flags saves the day. While it’s apparently obvious that Australia has long stretches of dangerous and rugged coastlines, it is still best to swim through patrolled beaches. The places safe to swim through are those in between red and yellow flags. The Exchangr team reminder: Areas in between flags are exclusively for swimmers. Surfers, out of the way!
Keep calm and watch for rips. No one is a match for powerful currents. The best thing you can do is avoid it and in case you really get caught up, try not to panic, swim parallel to the beach or better yet, go with the flow and swim back to shore after the rip disperses. The Exchangr team recommends that you raise your arm up in the air if you need a Lifesaver to save you from trouble.
Don’t underestimate shallow waters. Sure, drowning is a major concern when swimming in the sea but diving immediately can also lead to spinal injuries. Always be wary of hard-to-spot sandbars.