When water is dan­ger­ous

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING - JBJ REPORTER

BE­WARE OF RIP CUR­RENTS: WHEN you ar­rive at the beach, and be­fore you run down to the water’s edge, be sure to look at the sea to try to spot rip cur­rents.

This a warn­ing from Wa­ter­Wise, the ed­u­ca­tional arm of Sea Res­cue. It ed­u­cates chil­dren about water safety to help pre­vent drown­ing tragedies, and aims to make young­sters aware of the dan­gers of water and of what to do in an emer­gency.

A rip cur­rent looks a lit­tle like a river of water flow­ing out to sea. It is easy to spot be­cause it will be a place where waves are break­ing on ei­ther side. In the cur­rent it­self, there are no waves.

It looks like a nice flat place to swim, but is ac­tu­ally a very dan­ger­ous place.

Throw a piece of drift­wood into the cur­rent and you can watch it takes the wood out to sea.

If you ever get caught in a rip cur­rent don’t panic. Wave an arm in the air for help and when you can, swim par­al­lel to the beach to get out of it. Never swim against the cur­rent. It will be too strong. Once you have swum out of the cur­rent, use the waves to help you get back to shore.

Per­haps the most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is only to swim when life­savers are on duty, and only to swim be­tween their flags. Then the life­savers will look out for the cur­rents and they can help you if you get into dif­fi­culty.

Colour­ing Com­pe­ti­tion No 2:

Each week for four weeks JBJ will pub­lish one draw­ing about water safety.

The best colour­ing-in will be cho­sen for each week and on Jan­uary 14 the four win­ners will be pub­lished in JBJ as well as on the Sea Res­cue web­site ( www. sear­es­cue.org.za).

The win­ners will each win a Sea Res­cue T-shirt.

Par­ents: Please re­mem­ber to in­clude your child’s name as well as your name and con­tact tele- phone num­ber on the en­try. Post their art to: Wa­ter­wise JBJ Colour­ing-in com­pe­ti­tion Sea Res­cue PO Box 154, Green Point 8051

RIP TIDE: Colour in, add nec­es­sary de­tails and send away to stand a chance to win a Sea Res­cue T-shirt.

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