When water is dangerous
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.