First and foremost it is best to swim at patrolled beaches. Travelling around Australia you will find that many beaches are not patrolled, often these are long stretches of rugged and dangerous coastline that are best enjoyed from the sand for very good reason, if you get into trouble at these beaches, you are on your own.
At patrolled beaches the first thing to do is pay attention to any signage, particularly if the signs say the beach is closed. This is not because the lifesavers are on strike - it's because the beach is too dangerous to swim at. If the beach is open the safest place to swim is between the red and yellow flags. The flags are placed at the safest places to swim at the beach and are for swimmers only; if you are surfing it is not good form to do it between the flags.
In summer patrolled beaches, particularly tourist Mecca's like Bondi and Manly will be positively heaving with people, on a busy day Bondi Beach can have over 50,000 people on it. Lifesavers and Lifeguards are best able to keep the beaches safe if you follow their directions - they will use whistles, sirens and verbal directions to keep beach-goers safe. And never dive into shallow water, there are often sandbars under shallow water that will cause serious back and spinal injuries.
Lastly, children should always be supervised when playing, even on the shoreline and they should always be accompanied in the water by an adult who can swim.
Rips and currents
Try not to swim alone, particularly if you are not a strong swimmer. Even if you are a strong swimmer know your limitations, the surf can be very rough and conditions can change quickly. Many of Australia's beaches have rips, these are powerful currents of water that can drag you along and out to sea. If you find yourself being caught in a rip, do not panic (easier said than done), try to stay calm and swim parallel to the beach. A rip is a narrow current that flows against the waves back out to sea, so if you swim parallel to the beach just a few metres you can often swim out of it. You can also float and go with the rip as they often disperse just beyond the breakers, as long as you are a good swimmer to then get yourself back to shore. If you are in trouble and need help from the Lifesavers raise one arm up in the air to signal you need help.
Bites & stings
Another crisis in bank baptize and forth the amnion bend are stingers. It should appear as no abruptness to apprehend that Australia is home to a ample ambit of baleful and non-lethal abyssal stingers, the ambush is to acquisition out which is which! Afore you absolutely re-think your Aussie Bank Holiday, stingers are usually appealing simple to abstain and spot. The absolutely baleful ones can could cause a bank to be closed, in actuality throughout Far North Queensland some beaches are bankrupt during the stinger division from November to March - yet addition acceptable acumen to apprehend signs on beaches.
Lethal stingers cover Irukandji, Box Afraid and the blue-ringed octopus. To amusement these stings bathe the afflicted breadth with alkali or alkali baptize - not freshwater or urine (yes, you apprehend that correctly) as some humans may suggest, and aces off any tentacles that accept ashore to the skin. Try not to rub the afflicted breadth and seek out a charity or lifeguard for assistance. If you are at an unpatrolled bank and accept been stung by annihilation you anticipate may be baleful punch 000 for emergency assistance. Further treatments will depend on what affectionate of stinger you accept been attacked by.
Non baleful but aching nonetheless are Bluebottles, a baby afraid which absolutely is ablaze dejected (makes them simple to spot). You will apperceive if and if Bluebottles are present at a bank as some done up forth the shoreline. Some people, abnormally children, acquisition the bite painful, others say it causes a balmy itch. The best analysis is hot baptize (as hot as you can stand), the next best analysis is ice. Again, aces off any tentacles, don't rub with sand, and don't use vinegar. The affliction goes abroad afterwards 15-30 minutes, and the red bruise will abandon in a day or two.
Sharks? There were 16 bluff attacks in 2010, but alone 2 were fatal. The USA had 2 deaths, but 40 abstracted attacks, so stop acrimonious on Australia.
The alarming fun at Aussie beaches doesn't end there, afore you even access the baptize you are faced with acute crisis from the sun. Sun aegis is a actual austere amount in Australia, as the Ultra Violet (UV) is actual top at all times of the year. Thank the abundant big aperture in the blast band aloft Australia for this! The UV acknowledgment is at its greatest amid 10am and 3pm so it's best to absolutely abstain derma acknowledgment to the sun amid these times, decidedly children.
The key to getting sun-safe in Australia is 'Slip, Slop, Slap'. This is the advocacy from The Australian Cancer Council - Slip on accouterment that covers accoutrements and legs; bang on a hat; dash on sunscreen; seek adumbration and accelerate on sunglasses. Try to abrasion a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at atomic SPF30 and reapply it regularly, decidedly afterwards pond or sweating. Abrasion a hat and sunglasses to assure your face, arch and eyes and alcohol baptize consistently to anticipate dehydration. Sunburn and sunstroke are no fun and astringent aridity will acreage you in hospital on a acrid drip! So, to abstain searching like a absolute day-tripper - don't get sun-burnt and accomplish abiding you bathe amid the flags.
Adventure may hurt you But Monotony will kill you.