Sandbar / tides
BE AWARE of changing tides and being cut off on sandbars. For information on tide times, visit the lifeguard tower or search online at www.westwitteringbeach.co.uk. If you are stuck on a sandbar, raise one arm in the air and shout for HELP! If you see someone else in trouble, go to a lifeguard or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
REMEMBER THE SUN! SOMETIMES IT BURNS. Always:
S - Slip on a t-shirt
S - Slop on some sunscreen. Regularly.
S - Slap on a hat
S - Slide on some sunglasses
S - Shade. Between the hours of 11am-2pm
Orange Windsock = NO INFLATABLES. Nope... not at all! When there is an offshore or crosshore wind, NEVER take inflatables into the water. Why?... because they will be taken out to sea... trust the lifeguards.
Flags are positioned on the beach appropriate to the current conditions. Make sure you always follow advice from a lifeguard and be aware that these flags move… so keep an eye on them.
Red and Yellow
Between these flags is the safest place to swim and bodyboard. This area is supervised by Lifeguards.
DANGER! Do not go into the water under any circumstances. You enter at your own risk.
Black and White
Surfing and just about everything with a hardboard. Do not swim or bodyboard in this area.
Difficulty in the water
If you are ever in difficulty in the water, raise one arm in the air and shout for HELP! If you see someone else in trouble, go to a lifeguard immediately or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Make no attempt to rescue them yourself, as you may also put yourself in the same situation.
When you come to the beach, head to the lifeguard tower and collect FREE child safe bands for your kids. Give them a groyne number or landmark to return to – the beach looks very large from the water’s edge. If they do go missing, stay calm, go to a lifeguard.
If you or someone else is injured and requires medical attention, first go to a lifeguard then if necessary, call 999 and ask for an Ambulance. Lifeguards are medical trained and can provide first on-scene treatment.
Alcohol and swimming
Drinking alcohol and going for a swim is like mixing milk with beer, they don’t mix... DO NOT ENTER THE WATER under any circumstances. Alcohol can reduce your senses and capacity to swim. If you are concerned for someone, make a lifeguard aware and of course if see someone else in trouble, go to a lifeguard immediately or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.