Don’t take risks! Learn to swim!
You should be able to swim, tread water or at least stay afloat if you are in, or near, the water. If you cannot, make sure there is an adult looking after you who can swim.
Never overestimate your swimming ability
Young people often think they are good swimmers when actually it is a buoyancy aid or the helping hand of an adult that’s keeping them afloat rather than their own swimming ability. Both children and parents should be aware of this and ensure that they don’t get into situations which may prove dangerous.
Never dive into shallow or unknown waters
If you are too far from shore and find yourself in trouble, raise your arm above your head, remain calm and tread water or float on your back until help arrives.
Do not swim in the dark or in bad weather
Do not swim straight after a meal
Wait at least half an hour.
Never swim alone
If you are by yourself and get into trouble, there is no one to help you and no one to miss you. As a result your chances of getting back to land safely will be greatly decreased.
Do not swim if the water is cold or if tired
At the beach
If a shark alarm sounds, leave the beach at once. Obey the lifesaver on duty. Do not interfere if a rescue is taking place. Stay between the flags.
Learn to use and control your board in calm waters first. Only surf in the designated areas. Never use a surfboard unless you are able to swim well. If in difficulty, remain calm and signal for help. Do not struggle against a current. Be considerate to others.