SAFETY MES­SAGES

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Wher­ever pos­si­ble, find a beach that is pa­trolled – be pre­pared (www.find­abeach.co.nz) and stay be­tween the flags. Lis­ten to the ad­vice of life­guards or lo­cals. Al­ways keep a very close eye on chil­dren in or near the wa­ter. Get a friend to swim with you – never swim or surf alone. Watch out for that rip – rips are calm, deep patches of wa­ter close to shore that can some­times have waves break­ing to the side. Look for rip­pled, dis­coloured or foamy wa­ter. Don’t over­es­ti­mate you or your chil­dren’s abil­ity to cope in the con­di­tions. Even waist deep wa­ter can be life threat­en­ing if you step in a hole or get hit by a large wave.

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