Living in Australia

Beach safety

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Staying safe at the beach

Australia’s stunning coastline has some of the best beaches in the world. But if you don’t understand the risks and take precautions, you could get yourself into some dangerous situations.

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a day at the beach safely:

  • Read the safety signs before going into the water
  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Do not swim at closed beaches
  • If you need help, stick your hand up, stay calm and call for help
  • If you get caught in a rip (a very strong current), try to swim diagonally across it – don’t try swimming against it
  • Swim at beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards. Find a patrolled beach
  • Don’t swim alone – swim with a friend

For more beach safety tips, visit Surf Lifesaving Australia.

Protecting your skin from the sun  

One of the best things to do in Australia is to enjoy the outdoors, but Australia's sun is harsh and you can easily damage your skin if you don’t look after it properly.

Here are some simple steps you can take to minimise your sunburn and skin cancer risk:

  • Avoid being in direct sun between 10am  and 3pm
  • Use broad spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen at least SPF30+
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your face, ears and back of your neck

For more information about how you can protect yourself from the sun, visit SunSmart.

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